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UPDATE: Deadly train crash in South Carolina

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UPDATE: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says it appears that the Amtrak was on the wrong track when it crashed into a freight train early Sunday morning. 

McMaster says that's his opinion after visiting the crash site.

Amtrak's Silver Star was headed from New York to Miami with around 150 passengers when it struck a CSX freight train around 2:30 a.m. 

Two Amtrak employees were killed. The Lexington County Coroner's Office has identified those two victims as 54-year-old Michael Kempf of Savannah, Georgia, and 36-year-old Michael Cella of Orange Park, Florida. 

Officials say both men were in the engine at the time of the crash. Kempf was the engineer. Cella was the conductor. 

Authorities say 116 people were taken to area hospitals, including two children. Most suffered minor cuts, scrapes and bruises. A few people have more serious injuries. 

McMaster also says he was told the Amtrak train was traveling 59 miles per hour at the time of the crash. No one was on board the freight train.


At least two people are dead, and more than 70 injured after an Amtrak passenger train and a CSX freight train collided. Officials say more than 70 people were taken to area hospitals with a range of serious and minor injuries.

South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster says the two people who were killed in the crash were Amtrak employees.

The collision happened in Cayce, South Carolina around 2:45 Sunday morning. Lexington County officials say everyone has been removed from the train and are being taken to a local middle school where the Red Cross is assisting them.

Officials have not yet said what caused the crash.

13 News will continue to update this story with information as it becomes available.
 

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