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.