Raw #Drone footage from aftermath of the train collision.
The National Transportation Safety Board has announced that it will conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident.
"CSX owns and controls the Columbia Subdivision where the accident occurred". CSX maintains all of the tracks and signal systems.
Beall, a longtime engineer who retired last summer, said railroads have invested significantly in improving crossings and signals.
The Amtrak train, according to sources, was given verbal approval by CSX dispatch to proceed down a set of tracks.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, Congress required some railroad mainlines, including those with commuter rail passenger service, to fully implement positive train control by the end of 2015.
An Amtrak train collided with a CSX train and derailed early Sunday morning.
One priority is recovering data recorders from the Amtrak train that will indicate its speed upon impact, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt told Fox News. Train safety expert Richard Beall said the cause is likely one of three things: a track problem, a fault with the train itself or a crew error. It is reported that minimum 2 people have lost their lives and more than 70 passengers are injured.
Anyone seeking info about passengers on Train 91 should call the Amtrak info line at 1-800-523-9101. That is, this was a loading track or a sidetrack... where the collision took place. "That's subject to verification".
He said a thorough investigation is being conducted, but that it "appears the Amtrak was on the wrong track".
It was "a disgusting thing to see", McMaster said of the wreckage of the trains. He said Amtrak and transportation and rail officials have to invest more in technology to make the crossings safer and educate people about them. Two of those patients are expected to be admitted to the hospital.
Pettaway said it was too dark to see very much, but most of the cars he did see were off the tracks but remained upright.
"The injuries range from cuts and bruises to severe broken bones".
"We basically woke up to the train crash", she told NBC News. "The first engine of the freight train was torn up, and the single engine of the passenger train is barely recognizable". "She said she was just waiting on somebody to get to her".
"The sound was so loud, you instantly knew it was bad", he said.
Numerous passengers were asleep when the crash jolted them awake and forced them into the cold. None of the 180 people on board the train was injured. Lexington County, South Carolina, officials responded at the scene, and President Trump praised them in his condolences tweet. There is no threat to the public, they say.
This is the second Amtrak incident in less than seven days.
On Wednesday, a train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers crashed into a truck in West Virginia, killing an occupant of the vehicle. One of the truck's passengers was killed in the collision.