Screams and crying among passengers after Amtrak train crash

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Sumwalt confirmed the tracks were owned and operated by CSX. Authorities said they have not determined if both trains were moving or if the Amtrak train was diverted on to a side track.

He said about 50 emergency personnel were helping to get people out of the train.

Railroad sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News investigators are looking at the possibility that CSX railroad had a switch in the wrong position.

"Our honest condolences go out to the families of the two individuals who passed away following the tragic events that took place in Cayce, South Carolina, early this morning".

"I feel safer on a train than I do on an airplane", said Inglesby. Richard Blumenthal of CT said the nation's railroads must be made safer, declaring, "Business as usual must end".

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Amtrak said its train, which was carrying eight crew members and 139 passengers, hit a CSX train near Cayce, S.C., outside Columbia, around 2:35 a.m.

- April 3, 2016: Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by an Amtrak train going more than 100 miles per hour in Chester, Pennsylvania.

USA freight rail corporations have resisted implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) on their networks, citing high costs, while politicians and industry insiders note the life-saving utility of the globally-accepted rail technology.

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More than 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled from the crash, with all leaks secured, local officials said. Investigators are still examining what caused a December 18 derailment on an overpass between Seattle and Portland, Ore., killing three.

Around 116 people were hurt in the accident, along with the two deaths, according to reports.

Sunday's train collision in SC was the fourth fatal incident involving an Amtrak train since the start of December. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done!"

People there are offering comfort and a warm place to stay for the passengers on the train, many of them coming straight from the hospital.

The engine vehicle of the idle CSX train was significantly damage by the violent crash.

"Nobody was panicking", Pettaway said. "I think people were more in shock than anything else". Eventually he was shuttled to a middle school with other passengers.

The incident came just days after an Amtrak train carrying several dozen Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, hit a garbage truck in Virginia, killing one person and causing six others, including a congressman, to require hospital treatment.

The coroner said the two passengers who killed in the collision were Amtrak employees.

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