Amtrak Train Crash in Jasper County - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

05/15/02

Amtrak Train Crash in Jasper County

All ten cars and the engine of an Amtrak train are off the tracks, after the train hit a log truck at a crossing in Coosawhatchie, South Carolina this morning. Emergency officials say ten people were hurt, including two with serious injuries. They say most of the injuries involve neck and back problems.

Amtrak says the train was headed from New York to Miami when it derailed at about 9am, some 35 miles north of Savannah. On board were 103 passengers and 20 crew members.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the train was going 79 miles an hour when it hit the rear of the truck. The truck's bed was separated from the cab--and the driver, who was still in the cab, wasn't hurt. He told police he didn't see the train. The accident left logs scattered for about a quarter of a mile.

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