2 dead after train traveling from New York collides with a freight train



Two people have died after a passenger train collided with a freight train early Sunday morning in Lexington County.

That Amtrak passenger train 91 was going to Miami from New York. Amtrak said eight crew members and 139 passengers were on board.

CBS 6 brought you video of the collision as soon as video was into the newsroom Sunday morning.

According to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, the accident occurred around 2:45 a.m. near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Drive. The Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train on the tracks, leading to a derailment.

Captian Adam Myrick with LCSD said the cause is not known, but he confirmed two people died due to the crash. EMS transported around 70 people to local hospitals with injuries ranging in severity.

Derrec Becker of SC Emergency Management Division said in a press conference SCEMD is assisting Lexington County with the incident but is not running at full capacity. American Red Cross is helping those involved in the crash, with a site set up at Pine Ridge Middle School.

According to officials, over 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled as a result of the accident. There is no threat to the public.

Pine Ridge Drive is closed until further notice.

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