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US: Train crash kills 2 in South Carolina

About 70 people were taken to hospital after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train near Cayce.

Emergency responders

A passenger train collided with a freight train in the US state of South Carolina, killing at least two people.

More than 70 people were injured and taken to hospitals when the Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce on Sunday morning.

The Amtrak Train 91 travelling between New York and Miami was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members at the time of the crash.

The lead engine as well as several passenger cars derailed as a result of the collision, Amtrak said in a statement. 

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

On December 18, a train derailed near DuPont, Washington, DC, killing three people and injuring 62 passengers and crew members. An engineer told the National Transportation Safety Board he had mistaken a signal and started braking seconds before derailing. 

Last week, a train carrying dozens of Republican members of congress collided with a truck in West Virginia. The truck driver was killed and six people were injured in the incident. 


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