At least 2 people are dead and another 50 injured after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train in South Carolina early Sunday morning, officials said.
“Pine Ridge train incident update: @CountyLex confirms two fatalities, more than 50 injured transported to the hospital,” the South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted.
Amtrak initially said in a statement, “Amtrak Train 91, operating between New York and Miami, came in contact with a CSX freight train at around 2:35 am in Cayce, South Carolina.”
The statement continued, “The lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars. There were 8 crew members and approximately 139 passengers, with injuries reported. Local authorities are on the scene responding. More information will be provided as available.”
A spokesperson for Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina, told ABC News that it received 25 patients with minor injuries. The spokesperson added that Palmetto Health Center also received patients, but the number of patients and the injuries sustained is unclear.