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Two killed in crash involving Amtrak train, freight train

Two killed in crash involving Amtrak train, freight train”

"The key to this investigation is learning why that switch was lined that way, " Sumwalt said at a news conference. He said Amtrak and transportation and rail officials have to invest more in technology to make the crossings safer and educate people about them.

In the aftermath of the deadly Amtrak train crash in Cayce in the early morning hours Sunday, there was intense interest in the scene of the incident.

Officials had initially said 70 people with injuries were transported for treatment, but later adjusted the figure.

Authorities say Sunday's crash happened when the southbound passenger train from NY somehow got switched from the main track onto a siding where it rear-ended parked freight cars, killing the train's engineer and conductor.

Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson said during a phone call with reporters Sunday afternoon that, "Our understanding is that the signal system was down and that we were being managed by the dispatchers and by CSX controlling the switches on this bypass".

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Railroad companies have until the end of 2018 and possibly two more years afterward to implement PTC. "I didnt know.until I saw the cars all buckled up", Winston said.

This is not the only accident of the Amtrak that has occurred. CSX maintains all of the tracks and signal systems.

Michael Kempf, 54, had been with Amtrak for up to six years, his younger brother, Rich, said.

"Oh, we felt the impact", said Cheeseman.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The CSX freight train engine was also damaged considerably. He told the investigators he had planned to start braking about a mile before an upcoming curve with a 30-mph speed restriction at milepost 19.8, the agency said.

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President Donald Trump was getting regular updates on the accident while at his resort in Florida, according to White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.

President Trump offered his words of support and thanked first responders in a tweet Sunday morning: "My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this mornings train collision in SC". "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done".

Passenger Derek Pettaway told CBS News that he was sleeping when the train began "shaking violently" before coming to a sudden halt. Both men were in the first vehicle when the accident happened. "I'd would asked that they say a prayer for these people", McMaster said. Lexington Medical Center said they had received 27 patients, all with minor injuries, and they are all being discharged.

They were reportedly taken to a nearby middle school in Cayce.

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