Amtrak sight on wrong lane in lethal crash; it says burden line controls signals

A Miami-bound Amtrak sight seemed to be on a wrong lane when it collided with a burden sight in South Carolina early Sunday, murdering dual people and injuring 116, according to authorities.

Robert Sumwalt, management of a National Transportation Safety Board, pronounced during a news discussion Sunday afternoon that a lane a Amtrak sight was on had been manually switched and “lined and locked.” It caused it to obstruct from a categorical line and onto a side track, where a burden sight was parked.

“Of march pivotal to this review is training given that switch was lined that approach given a expectancy is a Amtrak would be privileged and would be handling true down” a categorical line, Sumwalt said.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster pronounced during a news discussion that a CSX burden sight seemed to be on a loading lane when a Amtrak sight with 147 people aboard slammed into it during 2:35 a.m. in Cayce, South Carolina, only easterly of Columbia.

PHOTO: An aerial perspective of a site of an early morning sight crash, Feb. 4, 2018 between an Amtrak train, bottom right, and a CSX burden train, tip left, in Cayce, S.C.Jeff Blake/AP
An aerial perspective of a site of an early morning sight crash, Feb. 4, 2018 between an Amtrak train, bottom right, and a CSX burden train, tip left, in Cayce, S.C.

“It appears that a Amtrak was on a wrong track,” McMaster pronounced during a news discussion midday Sunday. “They weren’t ostensible to be assembly right there by a bridge, clearly. And it might be a time factor, though that’s what it appears to me. But we defer to those who are experts in that and do have a scold information, though it appears that Amtrak was on a wrong track.”

The dual people who died were a sight conductor and engineer, a county coroner said.

Amtrak officials pronounced in a matter that they are “deeply saddened” by a deaths of a employees and that a group is auxiliary entirely with a National Transportation Safety Board and a Federal Railroad Administration in a review of a crash.

Richard Anderson, Amtrak’s boss and arch executive officer, told reporters in a write news discussion that CSX tyrannise operates all aspects of a marks in a area where a pile-up occurred.

“They are in finish control of a track, a signaling, a switching and, in fact, a sight engineers and conductors, as we pierce over their railroad, are destined and in unchanging strike with a dispatch core during CSX,” Anderson said.

He pronounced during a time of a pile-up Amtrak organisation was communicating with a CSX runner around a write communication system. He pronounced a signaling complement that controls trade on a 4 marks in a area was down for maintenance.

“Normally a sight is destined by a runner and a runner in this box was CSX,” Anderson said. “The control of that sight is on that lane is within a management of a runner and a horde tyrannise that controls a switch.”

He pronounced Amtrak sight 91, that was roving from Penn Station in New York to Miami, should have been on a categorical line, though it was destined to marks only easterly of it, where a CSX sight was parked.

The speed a Amtrak sight was going during a time of a collision is still underneath investigation, though Sumwalt pronounced a speed extent in a area is 59 miles per hour.

Sunwalt pronounced a CSX sight had dual locomotives and 34 dull auto-rack cars. He pronounced before to a Amtrak train’s attainment in a area, a CSX sight had unloaded automobiles on a west side of a categorical line and afterwards used it to behind into a side lane on a easterly side of a categorical line.

Asked if there was any justification of a automatic problem with a rail switch that diverted a Amtrak onto a side track, Sumwalt said, “We were means to see that it was indeed literally sealed with a clinch to make it lined to go into a siding.”

He pronounced typically when rail switches are mechanically thrown “the conductor will get out and close it in that sold position.” He pronounced a review will concentration on given a rail switch wasn’t put behind to concede a Amtrak sight to keep relocating true down a categorical line.

Sumwalt also pronounced a front-facing video camera in a Amtrak locomotive had been recovered and sent to a NTSB laboratory in Washington, D.C., to be analyzed. He pronounced a train’s eventuality information recorder, that should contend a accurate speed of a sight when it crashed and if a organisation attempted to request a brakes, had not been located as of Sunday evening.

“I can tell we there’s inauspicious repairs to any of a locomotives,” Sumwalt said. “In fact, we would contend that a Amtrak locomotive would be not tangible during all.”

Sumwalt pronounced a CSX tranquil marks were not versed with Positive Train Control, a high-tech conceal complement Amtrak uses on marks it operates. The complement is designed to review signals and automatically stop a sight before certain accidents occur.

“An operational PTC complement is designed to forestall this form of accident,” Sumwalt said.

CSX offering a condolences to a victims in a twitter on Sunday, though it did not criticism on a ongoing investigation.

“Our frank condolences go out to a families of a dual people who upheld divided following a comfortless events that took place in Cayce, SC this morning,” a matter said. “We sojourn focused on providing assistance and support to those impacted by today’s accident.”

The pile-up came only 5 days after an Amtrak sight carrying Republican members of Congress collided with a rubbish lorry in western Virginia, murdering one newcomer and injuring several others.

Sunday’s mutilate was a third deadly Amtrak occurrence given mid-December.

The dual Amtrak employees killed Sunday are 54-year-old Michael Kempf, a sight engineer, and 36-year-old Michael Cella, a sight conductor, pronounced Margaret Fisher, coroner for Lexington County, South Carolina. Kempf was from Savannah, George, and Cella from Orange Park, Florida, Fisher said.

PHOTO: An picture expelled by a American Red Cross shows South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster vocalization to a proffer during a service site for survivors of a deadly sight pile-up nearby Cayce, S.C., Feb. 4, 2018.@RedCrossSC
An picture expelled by a American Red Cross shows South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster vocalization to a proffer during a service site for survivors of a deadly sight pile-up nearby Cayce, S.C., Feb. 4, 2018.

Both group were in a initial car, a locomotive car, when a collision occurred, a coroner said. She pronounced she spoke on a phone to a wives of both men.

“They were really distraught, really shocked, as anyone would be in this situation,” a coroner, Fisher, said.

Fisher combined that given a distance of a trains concerned and how many people were aboard a Amtrak, “You would have approaching some-more fatalities.”

The some-more than 100 people harmed suffered all from teenager cuts to damaged bones, Gov. McMaster said. At slightest 62 people were treated during 3 hospitals in a area, pronounced Dr. Eric Brown, a executive medicine for Palmetto Health.

He pronounced 3 children were among those treated during hospitals.

Brown pronounced 6 people were certified to hospitals for some-more serious injuries, including conduct trauma.

PHOTO: An picture expelled by a American Red Cross shows volunteers portion breakfast to survivors of a deadly sight pile-up nearby Cayce, S.C., Feb. 4, 2018.@RedCrossSC
An picture expelled by a American Red Cross shows volunteers portion breakfast to survivors of a deadly sight pile-up nearby Cayce, S.C., Feb. 4, 2018.

Anderson pronounced that besides a P-42 locomotive, a Amtrak sight was comprised of 3 manager cars, a cafeteria loll car, dual sleeper cars and a container car.

Alexandra Delgado of Tampa, Florida, told ABC News she boarded a sight in Raleigh, North Carolina, about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and was roving a rails given she’s shocked to fly. She pronounced she was sitting in a automobile nearby a front of a sight when a pile-up occurred.

“People were screaming. we suspicion we was gonna die. we didn’t consider we was gonna tarry that,” Delgado pronounced as she waited during Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia to be treated for dual harmed knees. “When we crashed, everybody got ejected from their seats… Trays all over.”

She pronounced her sister-in-law, who was sitting subsequent to her on a train, suffered a cracked ankle. She pronounced she saw an aged lady with a bloodied face and a bone adhering out of her leg, and another women who was sitting in front of her with a serious jaw injury.

“Don’t ask me to get on another train,” Delgado said. “I’m never gonna get on a train.”

Passenger Derek Pettaway told ABC News that he and his mother were in a sleeper automobile nearby a behind of a sight when a pile-up occurred.

“There was a lot of aroused jolt and all only came to a stop, and we strike my conduct on a wall,” pronounced Pettaway, 33, of a Philadelphia area, who was roving with his wife, Erin, 32, to Orlando for vacation. “When it was happening, it was quick. You only knew it was not a unchanging form of movement.”

PHOTO: Authorities examine a stage of a deadly Amtrak sight pile-up in Cayce, S.C., Feb. 4, 2018.Tim Dominick/The State around AP
Authorities examine a stage of a deadly Amtrak sight pile-up in Cayce, S.C., Feb. 4, 2018.

“The cafeteria car, that was located only in front of a car, was totally folded in half,” he said.

Amtrak staff fast got people off a train, Pettaway said. He pronounced he was taken to a sanatorium and treated for a strike on his conduct and whiplash and that his mother was not injured. After he was expelled from a hospital, he reunited with his mother during a temporary preserve during a propagandize nearby where a sight pile-up occurred.

Passenger Walt Johnson of Angier, North Carolina, pronounced he and his wife, Gloria, were only dozing off to nap when “I only listened a bang.”

“The sight started to snake like it was withdrawal a tracks,” Johnson told ABC News. “All of a remarkable (there was) only a large force and that force took me out of my seat.”

He pronounced he harm both of his knees when he landed in a aisle.

White House officials pronounced President Trump, who in South Florida Sunday, was briefed on a sight crash.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of a victims concerned in this mornings sight collision in South Carolina. Thank we to a implausible First Responders for a work they’ve done!” Trump pronounced in a tweet.

CSX pronounced in a matter early Sunday that “an occurrence involving a CSX sight and an Amtrak sight occurred in Cayce, SC nearby Dixiana Road and S.R. 26. Reports of injuries have been confirmed. An puncture response devise has been activated to yield full support. Lexington County authorities have been told and are responding to a incident. Additional information will be done accessible as sum of a occurrence are confirmed.”

Gov. McMasters pronounced there was a fast response from countless puncture crews. He pronounced a National Transportation Safety Board was promulgation a organisation to investigate, and that South Carolina State Police and a FBI were aiding in a investigation.

PHOTO: Authorities examine a stage of a deadly Amtrak sight pile-up in Cayce, S.C., Feb. 4, 2018.Tim Dominick/The State around AP
Authorities examine a stage of a deadly Amtrak sight pile-up in Cayce, S.C., Feb. 4, 2018.

“I know it’s a Sunday morning and a lot of folks are going to church. we would ask that they contend a request for these people involved,” McMaster said.

The NTSB go group questioning a pile-up will include of some-more than a dozen investigators and support staff.

PHOTO: The stage nearby a collision that occurred Feb. 4, 2018 between an Amtrak newcomer sight and a burden sight in South Carolina. Lexington County Sheriffs Department
The stage nearby a collision that occurred Feb. 4, 2018 between an Amtrak newcomer sight and a burden sight in South Carolina.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao sent Jim Ray, her comparison advisor, to a pile-up stage to guard a situation, a group pronounced in a statement.

PHOTO: First responders during a stage of a collision in South Carolina between an Amtrak sight and a burden sight on Feb. 4, 2018. Paul Kirby, The Lexington Ledger
First responders during a stage of a collision in South Carolina between an Amtrak sight and a burden sight on Feb. 4, 2018.

“It is critical to know a factors that contributed to this comfortless collision and how all stakeholders can safeguard a protected and arguable rail complement going forward,” a agency’s matter reads.

ABC News’ Daniel Steinberger contributed to this report.

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