Amtrak Train Derails in South Carolina, Injuring Four People
When you board an Amtrak train you don’t expect it to derail unexpectedly.
But that’s what happened in South Carolina in the early hours of November 25, 2013, when a New York-bound train came off the rails near Spartanburg in South Carolina.
The Epoch Times reported on how the crash left four people with minor injuries after the Amtrak Crescent, with 218 passengers and crew on board, derailed.
Spartanburg County Deputy Fire Marshal Tony Barnett told AP that the derailment of the Amtrak 20 train, which was heading north from New Orleans, occurred at 12:10 a.m. Monday about six miles south of Spartanburg. He could not speculate on the cause of the derailment and said seven derailed cars remained upright.
Investigators reported four passengers with minor injuries were checked out at local hospitals. The Crescent has train has two locomotives and nine cars. The rest of the passengers were bussed away from the scene.
Railroads remain a much safer means of travel than the roads. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there were 41,800 deaths on the highways of America in 2000 and 770 deaths on the railroads.
However, there have been some serious crashes involving Amtrak trains. In 1993, more than 40 people were killed on an Amtrak train that hurtled off a 12-foot-high trestle into a bayou in Alabama and caught fire, trapping sleeping passengers in water up to 30 feet deep.
The trestle had been struck by a line of barges being pushed up the bayou, one of the narrow tributaries of the Mobile River.
Passengers have a right to safe train travel. See our Virginia railroad injury lawyers’ information about the rights of train passengers.
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