Amtrak stops paying medical bills of 100+ injured in South Carolina train crash

As of May 1, Amtrak stopped paying the medical claims of the more than 100 individuals who were injured during an accident in South Carolina earlier this year. Many of those individuals are still receiving care for injuries sustained during the crash, according to The State.

Lawyers representing individuals injured during the accident told The State Amtrak notified their clients the train company would cease all medical claims payments as of May 1.

"Folks that were injured, it's hard for them to get well by a specific deadline," the attorney for roughly a dozen passengers told the publication. "I can tell you most of my clients, if not all, are still seeking medical treatment and trying to resolve issues that are relatively long term."

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary investigation into the accident determined a "human error" by a CSX railway employee caused the Amtrak Silver Star to collide with an empty CSX freight train just after 2:30 a.m. Feb. 4. Two crew members and 147 passengers were on board the train, which was en route from New York to Miami. Both crew members were killed and 116 passengers were injured, The State reports.

A final report by the NTSB is pending.

An Amtrak spokesperson told The State May 21 the company "continues to support" those injured in the crash, but did not immediately comment on whether the "support" included monetary support.

To access the report, click here.

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