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President Trump, SC Lawmakers Respond to Deadly Amtrak Train Crash


The Amtrak, bound for Miami from NY as part of the passenger rail company's Silver Star service, was reportedly carrying eight crew and 140 passengers when it "came into contact" with the freight auto.

A passenger aboard an Amtrak train that crashed in Lexington County says he felt the train accelerate, then suddenly sway and shake in the moments that it went off the tracks.

Sumwalt said video from the front of the Amtrak train had been recovered and sent to Washington, where it will be inspected. "There may be a timing factor".

Amtrak says Train 91 was operating between NY and Miami, and came in contact with a CSX freight train.

South Carolina's Emergency Management Division said 5,000 gallons of fuel was spilled as a result of the crash, with Hazmat responding to the scene.

Authorities initially said 70 people were injured, but that number has grown to 116. More than 31 million riders a year ago reached more than 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces, the company said. Most were treated for cuts and bruises and released. He admits the train was running behind schedule, but said the train was not speeding because they were late. Anderson said the CSX dispatch center was manually directing the Amtrak train via telephone communications. In a soft voice, she said they also prayed for the people who were killed.


One train auto completely flipped over and crushed. There were 8 crew members and approximately 139 passengers. Her injuries were minor, but waiting for help in the dark was terrifying, she told Neblett.

Speaking to CNN, passenger Derek Pettaway said he was travelling south from Philadelphia to Orlando in a sleeper cabin when he was awoken by the impact of the crash. Jim Mathews, president and CEO of the non-profit Rail Passengers Association, pointed out that in the vast majority of train crashes, a vehicle or person on the tracks was at fault, even though Amtrak or another railroad gets blamed.

"The Federal Railroad Administration Investigative team is on site to support to the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation", the U.S. Department of Transportation said in a statement.

"She was visiting family New Jersey was coming back home to South Carolina, was supposed to be getting off in Denmark, SC", Neblett said.

Positive train control is in place in the Northeast, but railroads that operate tracks used by Amtrak elsewhere in the USA have won repeated extensions from the government. The train departed from Penn Station at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident", Deputy White House Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

Matthew Cheeseman, a train crash survivor from North Carolina, described the terrifying scene. On Wednesday, a train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck. The truck driver was killed and six people were injured in the incident.

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