A mother of a former Carolina Panther's player was one of the passengers injured an Amtrak train that collided with a CSX freight train early Sunday morning.
Henry McMaster said at a news conference, "It appears to me that the CSX train was the track it was supposed to be on". Last month, Chao told railroad industry officials that they are expected to meet the deadline to have the systems installed by the end of this year. "That's what it appears to me".
Jaclyn Kinney, 22, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, said she and her boyfriend were asleep on the train as they traveled to Orlando for a trip to Disney World.
Both individuals killed were Amtrak personnel, McMaster said. Sumwalt confirmed the tracks were owned and operated by CSX.
An Amtrak train leaves the Harrison station in New Jersey in November 2012. Today's wreck was the third fatal Amtrak incident since mid-December. "My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this mornings train collision in SC", he tweeted. Kempf was from Savannah, George, and Cella from Orange Park, Florida, Fisher said. After a recent round of train accidents and budget tightening he'd voiced concerns something could happen to him on the rails. In a soft voice, she said they also prayed for the people who were killed. "They are very distraught, very shocked as anybody would be in this situation".
It was the second major crash involving an Amtrak train in less than a week.
At least three patients were hospitalized in critical or serious condition, with almost all the rest treated for minor injuries such as cuts, bruises and whiplash, authorities said.
It's next stops were Southern Pines and Hamlet before heading into SC. "When it was happening, it was quick". "You knew we'd hit something or we'd derailed", Pettaway said over the phone.
He described seeing the engine toppled on its side and the cafe vehicle "completely folded in half".
Early estimates reported at least 116 passengers had been taken to the hospital with injuries, some serious. After he was released from the hospital, he reunited with his wife at a makeshift shelter at a school near where the train crash occurred. The Amtrak, bound for Miami from NY as part of the passenger rail company's Silver Star service, was reportedly carrying eight crew and 140 passengers when it "came into contact" with the freight vehicle. One auto in the middle of the Amtrak train was snapped in half, forming a V off to one side of the tracks.
Authorities verified there have been at least two individuals killed as well as seventy injured or hurt amongst the 139 travellers and 8 workers. "More information will be provided as available".
The State newspaper reports the crash happened about 2:35 a.m. Sunday near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road in Cayce, South Carolina.More news: Message with link to child pornography circulating in East Tennessee