February 5, 2018
Amtrak is blaming a freight rail operator for causing a crash that killed two people and injured more than 100 in South Carolina.
The fatal incident happened Sunday when a passenger train was diverted onto a side track and slammed into an unmanned freight train parked on the tracks.
36-year old conductor Michael Cella and 54-year old engineer Michael Kempf were both killed in the collision.
President Trump offered his thoughts and prayers via Twitter on Sunday.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this mornings train collision in South Carolina. Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they’ve done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2018
This is the third fatal crash in the U.S. by a rail operator in the past three months.