President Trump offered his words of support and thanked first responders in a tweet Sunday morning: "My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this mornings train collision in SC".
The number of injured rose to 116 from a previous count of 70, said Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill.
The collision, which occurred at about 2:35 a.m. ET, derailed the lead engine and several passenger cars, Amtrak said in a statement. It's not believed anyone was on that train. That train then returned to the main track and backed into the siding, Sumwalt said. The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that it was beginning an investigation into the crash.
A passenger on the train, Carl Bishop, speaking with 11Alive's Faith Abubey says he and his wife were in a sleeping auto at the time of the crash.
"We continue to send our thoughts to those impacted by the bad train accident this morning in Cayce", he said.
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Image: Emergency services at the scene in Cayce, South Carolina. No one was aboard the freight train, according to McMaster. Hazmat teams were dispatched, and the fuel is not thought to be a danger, according to Lexington County authorities.
A shelter and reception site were set up by the American Red Cross at nearby Pine Ridge Middle School.
The injured were in hospitals as emergency responders and police were working on the scene.
This is the latest incident involving an Amtrak train in the past few weeks. One person in the truck was killed in the crash in Crozet, Virginia. In December, three people were killed after a company train derailed in Washington.