The Amtrak conductor killed in a head-on crash with a parked freight train was a former restaurant manager who switched careers "to make a better life for his family", his grieving brother said Sunday.
With the recent string of crashes, "it's becoming nearly like an epidemic for Amtrak", said Najmedin Meshkati, a University of Southern California engineering professor who has studied positive train control.
Anderson said in an email to staff late Sunday viewed by Reuters that the Amtrak train was "on the track as dispatched by CSX, the host railroad".
Officials say a passenger and freight train crashed.
Michael Kempf, 54, was killed Sunday when an Amtrak train ran off the main track, smashing into a parked train vehicle.
"It's a awful thing to see, to understand the force involved", he said after touring the scene.
The freight train engines were "all torn up" and the Amtrak engine was "barely recognizable" from the crash.
Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak train into a freight train and killing a conductor and an engineer in SC. The lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars. One auto in the middle of the Amtrak train was snapped in half, bent like a V.
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Amtrak said CSX is responsible for maintaining signals on that stretch of rail, which is located southwest of Columbia, the state's capital.
About 20,000 litres of fuel were spilled, authorities estimated, but Mr Cahill told CNN there was "no threat to the public at the time".
Emergency officials are still on scene. Injuries range from scratches to broken bones. "All the injured have been transported to local hospitals". The crash happened around a switchyard about 16 kilometres south of Columbia. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done". In fact, more than 140 accidents, almost 300 fatalities, and more than 6,500 injuries could have been prevented by PTC, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, the government agency responsible for investigating civil transportation accidents.
The Amtrak train's event recorder found seven seconds before the crash, the train's horn was activated as it traveled 56 miles per hour down the track. Everyone was off the train, and the Red Cross was assisting them, the department said on its website. "You could clearly tell the train was coming off the track". "Nobody was panicking", said Pettaway, who was discharged from a hospital with minor whiplash.
"I had just come out of the restroom when I felt it", said Sherry Call, of Jacksonville's Southside.
Fisher added that given the size of the trains and the number of passengers aboard, "We should have had a lot more casualties, but we didn't".
Sumwalt said NTSB investigators would likely be in the Midlands throughout the week.
In December, an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont in Washington state and hurtled off an overpass onto Interstate 5, killing three people.