Amtrak Train Derails After Collision In South Carolina; At Least 2 Dead

An Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami collided with a CSX freight train in South Carolina early Sunday. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said at least two people were killed in the crash and about 70 people were transported to area hospitals for injuries.

According to NBC News, 139 passengers and 8 crew members were on board the train when the crash occurred at around 2:30 a.m. Amtrak said the train’s lead engine and a number of passenger cars had derailed after the collision.

Amtrak has encouraged people with questions regarding passengers on the train or information about the crash to contact them at 1-800-523-9101.

News of the crash comes just days after a fatal accident involving an Amtrak train and a garbage truck outside Charlottesville, Virginia.

A man on the truck was pronounced dead after the train, which was carrying Republican lawmakers and their families to an annual retreat, collided with the vehicle on the tracks on Wednesday. Six other people were also injured in the crash.

In December, an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Washington, killing 3 people and injuring dozens. According to investigators, the train had been traveling at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone when the derailment occurred.

This is a developing story.

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