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Gov. McMaster: 2 Killed, 116 Injured in Amtrak Collision

Gov. Henry McMaster holds a press conference about the Amtrack collision with a frieght train near Columbia, SC, Feb. 2, 2018.
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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the names of the two persons killed in the collision. Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf, 54, of Savannah, GA, and Amtrak conductor, Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, FL, were both killed in the early morning collision. The coroner also said, "We do have some that are in critical condition but we're hoping to hear good news on those." Listen to the complete press conference below.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.
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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.


Authorities say that an Amtrak passenger train slammed into a freight train parked on a side track near Columbia, SC,  early Sunday, killing two Amtrak crew members and injuring more than 110 people. The Silver Star was on its way from New York to Miami with nearly 150 people aboard around 2:45 a.m. when it plowed into a CSX train near a switchyard about 10 miles south of Columbia. The governor said investigators have yet to determine how the Amtrak train ended up on that stretch of track.

Listen to Governor McMaster's complete press conference here:

Listen to the Lexington County Coroner's complete press conference here: 

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