Amtrak train, carrying 191 people, crashes into truck in Chesterfield County

A tractor trailer crashed into an Amtrak train Friday morning on Highway 1 in the Patrick community of Chesterfield County, according to Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. (Viewer submitted)

Almost 12 hours after an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer in Chesterfield County, police were still working to clear the scene.

Police say the crash injured three people and stranded nearly 200 passengers on a very hot day.

The train was Amtrak Train 92, according to Kimberly Woods with Amtrak Media Relations.

She said the crash happened at 7:05 Friday morning as the train, a Silver Star, was traveling between Miami and New York City.

At the time of the incident, 191 passengers were on the train. Three passengers reported minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital. There are no reported injuries to crew members. The impact caused damage to the engine, which means service on train has been terminated. We will provide passengers bus transportation to their destinations.

The train crashed into a tractor trailer Friday morning on Highway 1 in the Patrick community of Chesterfield County, according to Brooks.

Brooks said the truck got hung up on the crossing and was hit by the train.

"The engineer on the train said he saw the trucks. But he hit the brakes and hit the floor. Because he knew there was no way to stop," Brooks said.

Police originally said no one was hurt, but Woods said three people had minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

And 191 passengers were stuck on the train for nearly nine hours.

"It's hard. Especially when you have kids on the train," said passenger Isalane Corderl.

"We've been out here for hours," said another.

The collision knocked down the crossing arm at the railroad track.

Brooks said South Carolina Highway Patrol and the South Carolina Highway Safety Council are investigating the crash.

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