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Train crash kills Michael Kempf, 54, and Michael Cella, 34, and injures dozens near Cayce, South Carolina

Modified Date: 
Sun, 02/04/2018 - 11:52am
Accident Date: 
Sunday, February 4, 2018

South Carolina train crash leaves 2 dead, nearly 90 hurt

The crash happened by a rail yard about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Columbia, where several track spurs split off for freight cars to be unloaded. Authorities said they haven't determined if both trains were moving at the time.

2 killed, over 100 injured after passenger train accident in Lexington County

An Amtrack passenger train collided with a CSX freight train on the tracks, leading to a derailment.

Amtrak Releases Phone Number for Passenger Information

Amtrak says people with questions about passengers should call 1-800-523-9101.

Safety Expert Gives Insight Into Train Derailment Investigation

Railroad safety expert, Michael Callanan spoke to News 19 about the investigation process in the train derailment. 

2 killed in South Carolina crash were Amtrak workers

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says the two people killed when a passenger train struck a freight train in South Carolina were Amtrak employees.

Amtrak Train was on the Wrong Track Before Crash, Governor Says

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says an Amtrak, train was on the wrong track moments before it struck a freight train, a collision that left two dead and over 100 injured.

UPDATE: 2 killed identified, 116 injured in South Carolina Amtrak, CSX train collision

The coroner's office says Michael Kempf, 54, of Savannah, GA and Michael Cella, 34, of Orange Park, FL, were the two killed in the story. Kempf was the engineer of the Amtrak train and Cella was the conductor of the train. 

Amtrak engineer killed in train crash was ‘a loving father’

Michael, of Orange Park, Florida, loved his job on the rails and “was a great friend, son, father, husband and brother,” John Paul said.

People Involved: 
Michael Kempf
Michael Cella
City: 
Cayce, SC

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