An Amtrak train has collided with a freight train in South Carolina, leaving two dead and dozens injured.
This is a developing story.
According to reports, most of the injuries are limited to cuts and bruises and a few broken bones. Some of those injured may be admitted to a local hospital.
It is not yet confirmed who the two dead individuals are.
At least two people were killed and 70 were injured when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train early Sunday just outside the capital of South Carolina, officials said.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division said Amtrak 91 was traveling from New York to Miami when it collided with the CSX train in Cayce around 2:35 a.m. At least 70 people were transported to local hospitals, Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said at a news conference.
“We have anywhere from scratches and bumps to more severe broken bones,” Cahill told reporters.
Amtrak said in a statement the train’s lead engine derailed, as did some passenger cars that was carrying eight crew members and approximately 139 passengers on board. TV footage from the crash scene showed the aftermath of the collision, with the Amtrak engine on its side and its front crumpled.
Cahill could not say if the two people killed were riding on the passenger train or the freight train.
No immediate information was available about the CSX train, but SCMED Public Information Officer Derrec Becker told reporters that officials are working to secure a fuel leak that resulted from the spill.
As of now, 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel has spilled and crews are trying to secure the leak, according to Becker.
“There is no danger to anyone in the nearby area of Lexington County,” Becker told “FOX & friends Weekend.”
The crash happened near a stretch of tracks by a rail yard about 10 miles south of Columbia, where several track spurs split off for freight cars to be unloaded.
Authorities said they haven’t determined if both trains were moving or if the Amtrak train was diverted on to a side track.
Here is raw video of the wreck from Associated Press.
Here is coverage of the wreck, as well as a news conference, from CNN.