Signal system down at site of SC Amtrak train crash

At least two people are dead and 50 others injured after a passenger train collided with a freight train in South Carolina
At least two people are dead and 50 others injured after a passenger train collided with a freight train in South Carolina
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05 February, 2018

A train switch that was apparently locked in the wrong position is being blamed for a train collision early Sunday that killed two people and injured up to 116 others near Cayce, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

"They paid good money and you got good benefits", he said.

Investigators make their way around the train wreckage under the Charleston Highway overpass where two trains collided early Sunday morning on February 4, 2018, in Cayce, South Carolina.

Hospital officials said most of those injured have already been discharged. Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf, 54, of Savannah, GA, and Amtrak conductor, Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, FL, were both killed in the early morning collision.

She had just gotten up to use the bathroom when Amtrak Train 91 crashed into a CSX freight train early Sunday, Feb. 4, in SC. "CSX controls the dispatching of all trains, including directing the signal systems which control the access to sidings and yards".

Right now all trains must have it by the end of 2018.

"The sound was so loud, you instantly knew it was bad", Smith said. As a result, the Amtrak train was routed directly into a CSX freight train sitting on the tracks. CSX maintains all of the tracks and signal systems.

- March 14, 2016: An Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in southwest Kansas, sending five cars off the tracks and injuring at least 32 people.

The NTSB go team will consist of more than a dozen investigators and support staff. Chairman of the NTSB board Robert Sumwalt will be the board member for the Go Team, an NTSB spokesperson told ABC News.

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- Several people on the train that crashed in SC early Sunday morning have connections to North Carolina.

Fakorede said her cousin described what the crash felt like. "America's railroads must be made safer".

Amtrak said there were 139 passengers and eight crew on Train 91 when it struck a CSX train at 2:45 a.m., just a few miles from Columbia, South Carolina, in the town of Cayce.

The circumstances surrounding each crash vary; in two cases, vehicles appear to have driven around the lowered arm at a train crossing. The CSX freight train engine was also damaged considerably. However, Cahill said the spill was being contained and that there is no threat to public safety. Investigators are still examining what caused a December 18 derailment on an overpass between Seattle and Portland, Ore., killing three.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the accident, according to a statement from White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters. Local and Lexington County responders were the first to the scene, but they are pulling back as other agencies investigate.

Derek Pettaway was a passenger in one of the train's rear cars, headed for Orlando, he told CNN on Sunday morning. After a recent round of train accidents and budget tightening he'd voiced concerns something could happen to him on the rails.

"I'm pretty sure everybody was asleep and I think people were in shock".

Before being sent on their way, those who were not hurt were taken to a shelter set up at a middle school, and local businesses provided coffee and breakfast.


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