Amtrak train collides with CSX train in SC

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In fact, more than 140 accidents, almost 300 fatalities, and more than 6,500 injuries could have been prevented by PTC, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, the government agency responsible for investigating civil transportation accidents.

"The key to this investigation is learning why that switch was lined that way", Sumwalt said during a packed news conference attended by media from across the country.

Amtrak says CSX Corp's people padlocked the switch that diverted the Amtrak train onto the side track, where it hit the CSX train.

Two people were killed in a crash involving a freight train and an Amtrak passenger train early Sunday in SC, authorities said. Cella, 36 of Orange Park, Fla., the train's conductor.

CSX did not address the comments by the Amtrak CEO but said it was working with federal investigators.

It was discovered Sunday evening that there is an Arizona connection to the fatal Amtrak collision, which took place at around 2:35 a.m.in SC.

Amtrak said a train going between NY and Miami "came in contact" with a CSX freight train at about 2:35 Sunday morning.

Amtrak says the lead engine and a few passenger cars derailed.

CSX in its own statement offered condolences to the families of the two Amtrak employees who were killed in the crash.

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In fact, the train had earlier finished unloading its cargo of vehicles, and was parked at its location for the night. NTSB has recovered the recorder and downloaded the content at Amtrak's facility in Raleigh.

He says their early into their probe, and they're just trying to collect any evidence that they could lose immediately.

US President Donald Trump was getting regular updates on the crash while at his resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

"I'm confident that our investigators will be able to piece this back together", Sumwalt said. It did not address the cause of the crash but said CSX maintains all of the tracks and signal systems where the accident happened and controls access to the sidings and yards.

"It's becoming nearly like an epidemic for Amtrak", said Najmedin Meshkati, a University of Southern California engineering professor who has studied positive train control. The crash happened around a switchyard about 16 kilometres south of Columbia. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done!" "PTC is created to mitigate mistakes like this", said Robert Sumwalt, the chairman of the NTSB, after the most recent crash, according to the New York Times.

Michael Kempf, a married father of three, was an Army veteran who had worked for more than a decade in the rail industry, first at CSX and then Amtrak. The rest had minor injuries such as cuts, bruises or whiplash, authorities said. Dr. Steve Shelton, a spokesperson for Palmetto Health, said one of the injured is in critical condition.

About 70 people were taken to area hospitals with injuries ranging "from small scratches and bumps to more severe broken bones", Mr. Cahill said at a news briefing.

"But God blessed us, and we only had the two", Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said, her voice choked with emotion.

A shelter and reception site are being set up by the American Red Cross at Pine Ridge Middle School.

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