One dead after crash involving Florence County passenger train
FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – One person was killed Thursday night after a four-wheeled vehicle was hit by a train in Florence County, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
The crash happened at 6:05 p.m. in the area of US 52 and North Old Georgetown Road in the Coward area, troopers said.
The four-wheeled vehicle was crossing the tracks when it was struck by an Amtrak train, the soldiers said. The person on board the quad was killed. Their identity has not been revealed.
The train had 103 passengers on board and was en route from New York to Savanah, according to an Amtrak statement. No passenger or crew member was injured in the collision.
In the statement, Amtrak said, “This incident is a critical reminder to the public of the importance of exercising caution around railroad tracks and crossings. Amtrak continues to work closely with Operation Lifesaver (OLI) to communicate the dangers of inattention at railroad crossings and along the railway right-of-way. Each year, approximately 2,000 people are killed or injured in level crossings and trespassing incidents across the country.
The Amtrak Police Department worked with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.
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