Second Fatal Amtrak Crash
- Author: Ryan Wade Feb 05, 2018,
Feb 05, 2018, 6:14
Amtrak Train 91 runs on the Silver Service/Palmetto line between NY and Miami, according to the companys website.
McMaster said the CSX freight train was stationary on the track when the Amtrack train that was heading south, struck the stationary freight train.
The CEO says the CSX dispatch center was manually directing the Amtrak train using telephone communications because the signal system along that section of the track was down.
"It appears to me CSX was on the track it was supposed to be on".
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.
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Two people were killed - Amtrak employees Michael Kempf, 54, and Michael Cella, 36, who were both in the train's first vehicle at the time of the crash.
"She said she was just waiting on somebody to get to her", Neblett said, noting she was to have been picked up by a family member in Denmark, a community in SC.
The Savannah, Georgia-bound train departed from New York City, Amtrak officials said.
According to Anderson, CSX has complete control of the tracks, signals and switches in the area where the crash happened. A Positive Train Control system on at this location would have likely prevented the crash.
Smith and his friend walked to the crash site and saw passengers of all ages beginning to exit the train.
Sumwalt said they've recovered a forward facing video recorder, and that's already been sent back to Washington, D.C. The event data recorders, commonly called the "black box" devices, have not yet been recovered. "This was a loading track for a sidetrack - where the collision took place".
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Earlier reports that the CSX train was carrying diesel fuel were incorrect. According to Dr. Steve Shelton with Palmetto Health, one patient remains critical and two others are in serious condition.
Shelton added the "majority" of patients did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
United States media reported that injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to broken bones.
According to Amtrak, the lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars. Officials said there was no further threat to the public.
"Everyone was just supporting each other, thanking God that they were all survivors", Fakorede said.
This is the second Amtrak incident in less than seven days. One person from the Truck was also killed in the accident. On Jan. 31, a train carrying Republican members of Congress to a West Virginia retreat collided with a garbage truck.
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