Amtrak train that crashed in SC made stops in Raleigh, Cary

Amtrak engineer killed in train crash was 'a loving father'

An Amtrak passenger train crashed into a freight train in SC, killing two people and injuring 70 more.

Train 91 was carrying approximately 139 passengers and eight crew when it crashed at around 2.35 a.m., according to a statement issued to BuzzFeed News from Amtrak.

The people who were not hurt were taken in patrol cars to a shelter, Lexington County Sheriff's spokesman Adam Myrick said.

The accident occurred just outside of South Carolina's state capital.

The train was operating from NY to Miami. The South Carolina Red Cross has set up a reception site to offer assistance at the local Pine Ridge Middle School.

This was the second deadly Amtrak collision in the past week.

He added that no passengers or crew remained on the train.

The train was moving from NY to Miami at the time of the crash.

Amtrak engineer killed in train crash was 'a loving father'

Republicans had chartered the train to carry them from Washington to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, where the party was holding its annual policy retreat.

A "Go Team" with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation into the incident.

The injured were in hospitals as emergency responders and police were working on the scene.

There were two leaks from the train, spilling an estimated 5,000 gallons of fuel, but there was "no threat to the public at this time", Cahill said at a news conference.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said the two people killed were travelling on the Amtrak train.

Anyone with questions regarding passengers aboard the train is asked to call 1 800 523 9101.

It's the third crash involving an Amtrak train since December.

The Amtrak train consisted of seven passenger cars and one locomotive, while the CSX train comprised two locomotives and 34 empty "autorack" cars for transporting automobiles, local media reported.

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