Two people have died and more than a hundred have been injured after an Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train in SC.
CSX said in a statement its personnel are on site to assist authorities and will provide more details as they develop. "There may be a timing factor".
The train was travelling from NY to Miami when it hit the goods train, causing its lead engine and several carriages to derail.
Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said 116 people were injured and transported to hospitals, with injuries ranging from scratches to broken bones.
"We should have had a lot more casualties, but we didn't", said Fisher.
The crash is the latest in a series of high-profile incidents involving passenger trains, including at least three people killed by high-speed Brightline trains in Florida since that service began testing previous year and launched in January. The rest were treated and released.
Jaclyn Kinney, 22, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, said she and her boyfriend were asleep on the train as they traveled to Orlando for a trip to Disney World. Autopsies are under way, she said at a news conference. "The lead engine was derailed, as well as some passenger cars". There were 8 crew members and approximately 139 passengers, with injuries reported.
Kinney said she and her boyfriend suffered minor injuries.
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"The cafe auto, which was located just in front of our vehicle, was completely folded in half", he said.
The coroner said the two passengers who killed in the collision were Amtrak employees. An engineer told the National Transportation Safety Board he had mistaken a signal and started braking seconds before derailing.
Authorities said it was not immediately clear why the two trains collided near Cayce, South Carolina.
Amtrak's online train schedule for train 91 - the Silver Star - shows a scheduled stop in Raleigh at 9:01 p.m. and then a stop in Cary at 9:23 p.m. It departed the Raleigh station and arrived in Cary about 20 minutes later.
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President Donald Trump has been briefed on the accident, according to a statement from White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident". On January 31, a train carrying Republican lawmakers crashed into a garbage truck.
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