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Deadly collision between Amtrak train and freight train in South Carolina

CAYCE, S.C.  — Two people were killed in a crash involving an Amtrak passenger train headed to Miami and a freight train early Sunday in South Carolina, authorities said.

In addition to the fatalities, more than 50 people were injured, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said.

Amtrak Train 91 was involved in a crash with a CSX freight train about 2:35 a.m. in Cayce. The lead engine and some of Amtrak’s passenger cars derailed, Amtrak said in a statement.

The train was operating between New York and Miami, and had 139 passengers and eight crew members, it added.

This is the latest incident involving an Amtrak train in the past few weeks.

In December, an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont in Washington state and hurtled off an overpass onto Interstate 5, killing three people and injuring dozens. The Amtrak engineer on that train told investigators he mistook a signal and braked moments before the deadly crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Last week, an Amtrak train carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. Investigators looking into the crash are focusing on the actions of the driver of a truck, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.