Governor: Amtrak train on wrong track
February 5, 2018 | 2:35 PM
by Times TV

South Carolina: Officials said an Amtrak train that collided with a CSX freight train in South Carolina Sunday morning, killing the Amtrak engineer and conductor, was on the wrong track.

Officials say an Amtrak passenger train was travelling on the wrong track when it collided with a freight train southwest of Columbia, South Carolina early Sunday morning. The engineer and conductor were killed and at least 116 people were injured, according to officials. They say no one was on the freight train at the time of the crash.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says the CSX freight train was parked on a side track. It's not clear how the Amtrak train got onto it.

It's the latest in a series of accidents involving Amtrak.

In December, three people were killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state. The engineer said he misread a signal.

In late January, a train carrying Republican members of Congress collided with a garbage truck at a crossing in Virginia, killing one person in the truck. The cause of that crash is still under investigation.

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