Amtrak Crescent derails in South Carolina

Source: WHNS-TV
Source: WHNS-TV

SPARTANBURG, SC (WAFB) - A passenger train that departs from New Orleans derailed in South Carolina early Monday morning.

Officials said seven cars, carrying 207 passengers and 11 crew members, went off the track in Spartanburg County, SC, just after midnight. Spartanburg is about 80 miles southwest of Charlotte, NC.

WBTV reported the Spartanburg County Fire Marshal said four passengers suffered minor injuries.

Reports indicate the railcars derailed but they all remained upright. The company is sending in buses to take passengers to their destination.

A Baton Rouge woman sent an email stating she was on the train when it derailed. She said she was safe and just waiting for rescue. She described the location as "middle of the woods."

WHNS-TV spoke with one of the passengers on the phone, who described what happened when the train derailed.

"The train started to buck, started to twist," said Barbara Gray. "Some of us were falling out of our chairs."

The investigation into the cause of the derailment is ongoing.

The train travels between New Orleans and New York.

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