South Carolina Amtrak Train Crash
2 Dead, 116 Injured
At roughly 2:27 A.M. on Sunday morning, February 4, 2018, an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami struck a freight train approximately 10 miles south of Columbia, SC, resulting in the death of two people and leaving 116 more injured. The crash also spilled thousands of gallons of oil near the scene.
According to Lexington County spokesperson Harrison Cahill, the injuries ranged in severity with some sustaining scratches and others sustaining broken bones.
The train had roughly 148 people on board, including 139 passengers and 8 crew members.
How it Happened
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said that the freight train was on a loading sidetrack, which is where it was supposed to be. He also disclosed that the Amtrak was on the wrong side. Amtrak train has stated that the lead engine and a few passenger cars derailed and that the crash occurred near a rail yard.
According to passenger Derek Pettaway, the train began shaking violently while he was sleeping. He continued, "You knew we'd hit something, or we'd derailed. The Amtrak crew was very great. They responded quickly and got everyone off the train." More people were shocked than shaken from the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash and to determine if something was happening in the engineering cab, if there were any defective signals on the track, how the trains were on the same track, and why there was no communication regarding the location of the two trains. Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt of the NTSB has estimated the investigation will take 120 to 18 months.
South Carolina Train Accident Lawyers
At Crumley Roberts, our team is fully aware of the potential causes of these crashes and how they can occur. Our South Carolina train accident attorneys strive to represent victims in seeking the financial compensation they deserve after being injured in an accident resulting from negligence.
Contact us today at (866) 691-0607 to discuss your potential case.