Coroner identifies 2 Amtrak workers killed in SC train crash
LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WACH) - The Lexington County Coroner's Office has identified the victims in Sunday morning's train collision.
Michael Kempf, 54, of Savannah, Georgia, and Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Florida, died. Kempf was a train engineer, while Cella was the conductor of the train. Both were in the first car of the train when the accident occurred.
Lexington County coroner Margaret Fisher stated the cause of death was multiple body trauma sustained in the collision. Fisher also said several people are still in critical condition.
The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train. EMS transported more than 100 people to hospitals with injuries. Palmetto Health Richland's hospitals saw 62 individuals.
Gov. Henry McMaster, as well as county officials, held a mid-morning press conference discussing the investigation and what's next in the coming days. State representatives and senators also responded to the fatal accident.
The White House also says President Donald Trump has been briefed on the crash.