COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal investigators say the crew of a CSX freight train was still on scene at the time of a deadly South Carolina crash, with an engineer running to safety as a passenger train hurtled down the track toward him.
That detail was among information released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Investigators have said human decision making “likely” played a key role in the Feb. 4 crash near Cayce.
Several weeks ago, the NTSB said a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak passenger train onto a side track where the CSX freight train was parked.
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The Amtrak engineer and conductor died. More than 100 passengers were taken to hospitals.
The final NTSB report isn’t expected for months.