Former Panthers player's mom injured in South Carolina Amtrak crash

Former Panthers player's mom injured in South Carolina Amtrak crash”

There were eight crew members and approximately 139 passengers on board.

Matthew Cheeseman, a train crash survivor from North Carolina, described the terrifying scene.

Officials said the fatalities were employees on the train, which carried a total of 140 people. On Wednesday, a train transporting Republican registered members of Congress to a resort in Western Virginia clashed with a trash vehicle. He told the investigators he had planned to start braking about a mile before an upcoming curve with a 30-mph speed restriction at milepost 19.8, the agency said.

Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson acknowledged the safety concerns Sunday and said he hoped to instill a culture similar to that of airlines: "Amtrak is fully committed and values safety as its highest priority".

The lead engine of the Amtrak service from NY to Miami was derailed, as well as some passenger cars.

A computer system called Positive Train Control (PTC), which the sources said could have prevented the crash, was not in operation in the area. And it may be a time factor, but that's what it appears to me.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said the CSX train was parked on what appeared to be a side track when the Amtrak train slammed into the back of it. "They weren't supposed to be meeting like that, clearly".

At least two people were killed and 116 injured when it crashed in Cayce, South Carolina. The cause of the crash is not known. He admits the train was running behind schedule, but said the train was not speeding because they were late.

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"We should have had a lot more casualties, but we didn't", said Fisher.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the incident. After a recent round of train accidents and budget tightening he'd voiced concerns something could happen to him on the rails.

In December, three people were killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state near the city of Tacoma, sending cars flying off a bridge and onto a busy interstate road.

The passenger rail company released a statement noting that it is "deeply saddened" by the deaths of its employees, according to the Associated Press. "I can see the distress in her eyes".

Considering how bad the crash was, it sounds like things could've been a lot worse.

According to Amtrak, the lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars.

Beall, a longtime engineer who retired last summer, said railroads have invested significantly in improving crossings and signals. Responders trained to deal hazardous materials have been called to the scene. Everyone was off the train, and the Red Cross was assisting them, the department said on its website. That will help investigators determine what happened in the 2:30 a.m. collision, including whether the train braked or was exceeding the 59 miles per hour speed limit, he said.

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