Amtrak train and freight train collide; 2 dead, over 70 injured.

Columbia, South Carolina- Early this morning an Amtrak passenger train and a freight train collided, leaving two dead and over 70 injured, according to authorities.

Emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Charlestown Highway and Pine Ridge Road around 2:45 AM after receiving reports of a train collision, according to Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill.

The passengers’ injuries range from scratches to broken bones, according to South Carolina Emergency Management officer Derrec Becker.

Authorities said that seven people were transported to nearby hospitals; it was not immediately clear how severe their injuries were.

The Lexington County coroner’s office confirmed that two people were killed.

Amtrak said in a statement that there were eight crewmembers and about 140 passengers aboard the train.

The train was headed to Miami from Penn Station in New York when the collision occurred.

People on twitter shared video and photos from the scene shortly after the crash.

Twitter user jdspires wrote in a tweet “So many ambulances…This is bad. Really Bad.”

As of this morning, the cause of the collision remains unclear.

This a developing story. Check back for updates.


First responders on the scene of the collision. PHOTO: LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF.
The intersection where the crash took place. PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS.
A spokesman for the South Carolina Office of Emergency Management. PHOTO: SC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.


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