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At least two dead, 70 injured after trains collide in U.S.
February 05,2018   By:Xinhua
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2018 -- At least two people were killed and another 70 injured after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train in the southeastern U.S. state of South Carolina early Sunday, officials said.
Local 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.
Amtrak said in a statement that its passenger train, operating between New York and Miami, came in contact with a CSX freight train at around 2:35 a.m. in Cayce, South Carolina.
"The lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars," the statement said, "There were eight crew members and approximately 139 passengers, with injuries reported."
The CSX confirmed the collision in the statement. No immediate information is available about the CSX train.
The Lexington County Sheriff's Department tweeted that the collusion and derailment occurred near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road.
Local hospitals were treating the injured as emergency responders and police were working on the scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it has launched an investigation of the collusion.
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