Amtrak collides with freight train in South Carolina
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At least two persons were killed and 70 injured after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train in South Carolina early on Sunday, officials said.
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Authorities confirmed that the two deaths occurred in the Amtrak train, not the freight train run by the CSX. A spokesman for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said that injuries ranged from minor cuts to broken bones, Xinhua news agency reported.
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Amtrak said in a statement that its passenger train, operating between New York and Miami, came in contact with a CSX freight train around 2.35 a.m. in Cayce, South Carolina.
The Lexington County Sheriff's Department tweeted that the collision and derailment occurred near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road.
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The injured were in hospitals as emergency responders and police were working on the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board said it has launched an investigation into the collusion.