Amtrak train crashes in Chesterfield Co, nearly 200 passengers forced to evacuate

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Chesterfield County, S.C. (WBTV) - Nearly 200 passengers were evacuated after an Amtrak train was involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer in Chesterfield County Friday morning.

The wreck occurred around 7:10 a.m.  According to the sheriff's office, 184 passengers and a crew were on board the train when the wreck happened.

Deputies said the truck got stuck on the tracks at Highway 102. The truck driver saw the train approaching and jumped out of the cab before the train struck.

The engineer of the train saw the trailer stuck on the tracks, tried to stop, but it was too late. They are unsure of how fast the Amtrak was traveling at the time.

The trailer, which was hauling paving equipment, was ripped off from the cab.

The passengers were evacuated from the train because technicians were unable to get the train moving again. It was also "dangerously hot," according to the sheriff.

They were taken by bus to their destinations. Deputies, rescue squads, and firefighters formed a human chain to unload all the luggage.

The last passenger, who was wheelchair bound, was removed from the train at about 4:00 p.m. The train moved at 4:15, and crews were still on scene picking up debris from the tractor-trailer at 5:00 p.m.

Three people were taken to the hospital for neck and back pain, but were released.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is expected to press charges against the driver of the tractor-trailer, but the PIO has not returned our phone call with what those charges are.

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