2 dead, 70 to hospital, 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled in Cayce train wreck, governor going to site
The train collision in Cayce around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, has resulted in the deaths of two people according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.
Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said, at a news conference early Sunday, that about 70 people with injuries had been hospitalized. He said the injuries ranged from minor scratches and bumps to broken bones. He did not know if any, or how many, could be life-threatening.
More than 5,000 gallons of fuel were also spilled in the crash and HazMat teams are on the site to contain the spill. DHEC official have also being called in.
Pine Ridge Drive is currently blocked as a part of the investigation and officials are asking people to stay away from the area during this time. The Red Cross has opened a releif shelter for passengers at Pine Ridge Middle School.
The collision happened near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road between an Amtrak passenger train and a CSX freight train on the tracks. NTSB is investigating the crash. S.C. Emergency Management Department staff are also on the scene.
Cayce Public Safety officers were the first to respond to the crash. Lexington County Sheriff’s Department personnel are also working the site.
A spokesperson for Gov. Henry McMaster said the governor has been briefed about the collision and will head to SCEMD offices soon.