A February 4, 2018 morning crash involving an Amtrak passenger train - the Silver Star Train 91 - and a freight train in Cayce, South Carolina, killed at least two people and injured more than 100.
Here are the main elements of the morning's events.
▪ There were eight crew members and approximately 139 passengers on board.
▪ The two people who were killed were Amtrak employees. They were identified as train engineer Michael Kempf, 54, from Savannah, Ga., and conductor Michael Cella, 36, Orange Park, Fla.
▪ The Amtrak train appeared to be on the wrong track, when it collided with a freight train that was stationary and on a loading track.
▪ All the passengers have been removed from Amtrak 91, which was operating from New York to Miami.
▪ More than 100 passengers were taken to local hospitals, McMaster said. The Palmetto Health hospital system received 62 patients from the crash. According to Dr. Steve Shelton with Palmetto Health, one patient remains critical and two others are in serious condition. There were 48 patients being cared for at the main Palmetto Health location in Columbia. At least two children were involved in the accident, Shelton said. Sources 1, 2, 3.
Cayce, South Carolina, ia a city in Lexington and Richland counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina, along the Congaree River. The population was 12,528 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The modern City of Cayce was born out of the coming of the railroads in the 19th Century. At that time the area was known as Cayce Crossing, named for Uncle Billy Cayce, a prominent citizen. In 1914, when the city was formed, the name Cayce was chosen for the town to honor “Uncle Billy.”
Also, in 1914, the Cayce family built a new home in Cayce and moved there to be closer to the center of the town’s activities and the Cayce family’s general store. (Their second home still stands on Holland Avenue.) By 1930, the population of Cayce was around 3,000.
By 1941, the small town of Cayce had become predominantly a railroad town. The railroads made a substantial contribution to the city with the number of local citizens it employed and the payroll it generated for many years. Both the Southern and the Seaboard Railroads handled passengers and mail to and from Cayce and beyond At that time, the railroad, lumberyard, quarry and fertilizer plant were the principal places of employment. Source.
Edgar Cayce was born on March 18, 1877, near Beverly, south of Hopkinsville, Kentucky (site of the later, 1955 sightings of "little people" at Kelly, important in flying saucer lore). Edgar was one of six children of farmers Carrie and Leslie B. Cayce. As a child he played with the "little folk" and was alleged to have seen his deceased grandfather. Some consider Edgar Cayce the true founder and a principal source of the most characteristic beliefs of the New Age movement.