Dozens injured as Amtrak passenger train collides

Dozens are injured and two people killed when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train in Cayce, South Carolina on February 4, 2018.
By Susan Konig | Feb 07, 2018
Emergency responders were quick to the scene after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train and derailed in Cayce, South Carolina, Feb. 4, 2018, according to the Associated Press.

Federal investigators are planning to give an update on their probe into a deadly crash between a freight train and a passenger train in South Carolina. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says on Twitter that the agency "will hold a meeting briefing at 4 p.m. Monday near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport."

NTSB Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt and other investigators are on the ground in Cayce, where an Amtrak train slammed into a freight train early Sunday, killing a conductor and an engineer. More than a hundred people were reportedly injured.

Sumwalt told reporters Sunday that a switch was in the wrong position and that a GPS-based system called "positive train control" could have prevented the crash. "The system knows the location of all trains and the positions of all switches to prevent the kind of human error that can put two trains on the same track," he said.

 

 

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