Train Derailment Crash in South Carolina

Railroad Accident Lawyer in Columbia

On February 4, 2018 at approximately 2:45 A.M., an Amtrak train derailed, leading to a crash with a freight train and leaving 2 passengers dead and another 116 individuals injured. It also resulted in thousands of gallons of oil spilled in the nearby area.

According to Lexington County spokesperson Harrison Cahill, there were injuries ranging from small scratches to broken bones.

The Amtrak had roughly 148 people on board including 139 passengers and 8 members of the crew.

Derailment and How it Happened

According to the Governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, the CSX freight train was at a rail yard, 10 miles south of Columbia on the loading side track “where it was supposed to be” when the lead engine and a few passengers cars derailed, colliding into the freight train.

Governor McMaster also states that the Amtrak train was on the wrong side.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are on scene to determine the cause of the crash, as well as what was being done in the engineering cab. Other questions arise such as whether or not the signals were working on the track, the cause of the trains ending up on the same track, and why there was no communication to operators as to the other train being on that track.

Call McLead Law Group Today

At McLeod Law Group, we have a track record of success fighting for the rights of individuals injured in railroad accidents. We understand the numerous factors that could lead to an accident and the injuries that may be sustained.

We work hard to determine who is responsible for the injuries and seek the compensation necessary for damages, pain and suffering, and loss of income.

Call today if you were a victim and need to discuss your legal options.