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Amtrak train collides with logging truck in Cassatt

Posted: November 9, 2015 5:31 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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An Amtrak passenger train struck a logging truck at the railroad crossing just off U.S. 1 on Robert Reynolds Road, seen in the center of this aerial image. The crossing is just a few miles north of Cassatt’s main intersection. Authorities said the train struck the truck around 6 a.m. Monday, sending the driver to the hospital with minor injuries. No one else suffered injuries. Amtrak hired charter buses to take passengers to another train, presumably in Florence, to continue their ride.

A northbound Amtrak passenger train struck a logging truck around 6 a.m. Monday just off U.S. 1 in Cassatt. According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, the truck had just turned off of U.S. 1 on to Robert Reynolds Road. Railroad tracks hug U.S. 1 with the ungated and unlighted crossing just feet off the highway.

“Apparently, the driver didn’t know the train was coming,” Matthews said. “It demolished the cab, but the driver walked away.”

Kershaw County Director of Safety and Emergency Services Gene Faulkenberry said the driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to a hospital. Faulkenberry said as far as he knows, none of the trains’ approximately 170 passengers required medical attention.

“Luckily, the train didn’t derail and the truck wasn’t carrying a load,” Faulkenberry said.

He said Amtrak arranged for charter buses to pick up the passengers to ferry them to another train, presumably in Florence.

“The locomotive had to limp into the station,” Faulkenberry said.

Matthews said deputies assisted with traffic control at the scene until the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) arrived.

The SCHP did not respond to a request for additional information by deadline Monday afternoon.

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