Investigators to release details of probe into deadly SC train crash

South Carolina Governor says its appears an Amtrak train was on the wrong track moments before it hit a freight train, a collision that left two people dead and injured 116 others.

Passenger Derek Pettaway told Sky News he was travelling south from Philadelphia to Orlando in a sleeper cabin when he was awoken by the impact of the crash.

No politicians were seriously injured but a Minnesota representative, Jason Lewis, was taken to a hospital as a precaution and released.

The two victims were later identified as Amtrak personnel. "But I defer to those who are experts in that and do have the correct information, but it appears that Amtrak was on the wrong track".

Both people who died were Amtrak employees, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said.

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Officials added that although 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled following the crash, there was no danger to the public. Smith and his friend walked to the crash site and saw passengers of all ages beginning to exit the train.

Dr. Steve Shelton, director for emergency preparedness at Palmetto Health System, said Sunday morning that they it received 62 patients across its three facilities.

In a statement, the company said: "Amtrak Train 91 between NY and Miami came into contact with a CSX freight train at around 2.35am in Cayce, South Carolina. CSX controls the dispatching of all trains, including directing the signal systems which control the access to sidings and yards".

AMY HELD, BYLINE: Train 91 was headed from NY to Miami when it slammed into the parked freight train in KC, just south of Columbia.

"There were eight crew members and approximately 139 passengers, with injuries reported".

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The first engine of the freight train was torn up, he said, and the engine of the train, Train 91, was "barely recognizable".

The injuries ranged from cuts and scratches to broken bones, Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said.

The Red Cross said it was sending volunteers to assist. "We were waiting for a few minutes before they evacuated us".

Three people were killed and more than 70 others were hurt when a train careened off a bridge outside Tacoma, Washington, on Amtrak's inaugural run on a new route for its Cascades service on December 18.

A passenger on the garbage truck, 28-year-old Christopher Foley, was killed and two others on the truck were injured, according to police.

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