By KRISTEN SCHNEIDER, WACH
The White House briefed President Trump on the accident that killed two Amtrak workers, according to a statement from Deputy White House Press Secretary Lindsay White.
The statement said: "The President has been briefed on the train accident in South Carolina and is receiving regular updates. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident."
President Trump also tweeted about the incident.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this mornings train collision in South Carolina. Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they’ve done!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2018
Vice President Pence tweeted about the collision on Sunday afternoon.
Karen and I are praying for everyone involved in the Amtrak collision in South Carolina. @POTUS and I are monitoring the situation. Grateful to the courageous first responders who are helping the injured. Authorities are on the scene to determine what caused the collision.— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 4, 2018
The train collision occurred around 2:45 a.m. near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Drive involving an Amtrack passenger train and a CSX freight train. In addition to the two fatalities, EMS transported more than 100 people to hospitals. Palmetto Health Richland says its hospitals took in 62 individuals.
Gov. Henry McMaster held a press conference around 10:30 a.m. to discuss the accident. Officials also provided updates on the injured and the investigation.