One killed after crash involving passenger train in Florence County

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FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — One person was killed Thursday night after a four-wheeler was hit by a train in Florence County, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at 6:05 p.m. in the area of U.S. 52 and North Old Georgetown Road in the Coward area, troopers said.

The four-wheeler was crossing the tracks when it was hit by an Amtrak train, troopers said. The person on the four-wheeler was killed. Their identity was not released.

The train had 103 passengers on board and was on it’s way from New York to Savanah, according to a statement from Amtrak. None of the passengers or crew members were injured in the collision.

In the statement Amtrak said “This incident is a critical reminder to the public about the importance of exercising caution around railroad tracks and crossings. Amtrak continues to work closely with Operation Lifesaver (OLI) to communicate the dangers of being inattentive at rail grade crossings and along the railroad right-of-way. Each year, approximately 2,000 people are killed or injured in grade crossings and trespassing incidents nationwide.”

The Amtrak Police Department has been working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.

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