Amtrak train on wrong track in fatal S. Carolina crash

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An Amtrak train traveling in the U.S. state of SC has collided with a CSX freight train on Sunday at around 2:35 a.m. local time (0730 UTC), killing at least two people, Deutsche Welle reported.

In a statement, the company said: "Amtrak Train 91 between NY and Miami came into with a CSX freight train at around 2.35am in Cayce, South Carolina". Eight crew members were on the Amtrak train along with 139 passengers. The train crashed into a freight train, killing two people and injuring at least 50 more.

Emergency crews responded to the crash scene around 2:45 a.m. ET, said Harrison Cahill, a spokesman for Lexington County.

The train, Amtrak 91, was operating between NY and Miami.

In the darkness of the early morning, the Amtrak train slammed right into the freight train.

The train's staff evacuated passengers in a "really calm fashion", he said. No one was aboard the freight train, run by freight operator CSX, which was stationary on track at the time of the crash, he said.

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Derek Pettaway, a passenger in one of the cars near the end of the train, told CNN that he was asleep at the time of the impact.

In December, an Amtrak train derailed in the northwestern USA state of Washington, killing three people and injured dozens.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on their way to the crash site, about 10 miles south of Columbia. The train's engineer, Michael Kempf, 54, of Savannah, Georgia, and its conductor, Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Florida, both died.

The injured were in hospitals as emergency responders and police were working on the scene.

"We should have had a lot more casualties, but we didn't", said Lexington County coroner Margaret Fisher, who identified the dead at an afternoon news conference. "In December, an Amtrak train careened off the rails in Washington State as it headed into a curve, spilling cars onto a busy highway and killing three people".

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