South Carolina Amtrak crash: Why train rammed into CSX freight cars, killing 2 and injuring 91, per National Transportation Safety Board

By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY; September 30, 2019

A fatal Amtrak train accident in South Carolina that killed two and injured 91 happened because work on the tracks led to a conductor failing to move a hand-thrown switch that would have prevented the crash, the NTSB said Monday. 

The National Transportation Safety Board found that the conductor with freight operator CSX Transportation didn’t move the switch to keep the Amtrak train on the main track in Cayce. Instead, the Miami-bound passenger was diverted onto another track as it barreled along at 53 miles per hour at 2:27 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2018 and piled into a parked freight train.

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