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Two dead in collision between passenger, freight trains in S. Carolina

Two dead in collision between passenger, freight trains in S. Carolina

Fox News reports that at least two people were killed and 70 more injured early Sunday morning after an Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train in SC.

"Additionally, affected customers reporting injuries have been transported to local hospitals".

The crash comes days after another Amtrak train carrying Republican U.S. lawmakers collided with a garbage truck in West Virginia, killing one person.

Officials also said that although 5,000 gallons of fuel spilt following the collision, there was no danger to the public.

According to White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters, "The President has been briefed on the train accident in SC and is receiving regular updates".

Two people were killed and 116 hospitalized after a passenger train collided with a freight train in SC. On Dec. 18, a train derailed near Tacoma, Washington, killing at least three people and injuring at least 60.

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#BREAKING: Train collision and derailment near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Rd.

The governor said investigators have yet to determine how the Amtrak train ended up on that stretch of track.

Lexington County spokesperson Harrison Cahill said injuries ranged from broken bones to slight scratches, according the The State. They were identified as train engineer Michael Kempf, 54, from Savannah, Ga., and conductor Michael Cella, 36, Orange Park, Fla.

Among the passengers on the train was Philadelphia man Derek Pettaway, who posted on social media to tell his friends and family he was safe. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done!" The collision occurred at 2:35 a.m., according to authorities.

This is the third deadly Amtrak accident in a matter of weeks.

Sunday's was just the latest fatal incident involving an Amtrak train in the past few weeks. The truck driver was killed and six people were injured in the incident.