Saturday 3 December 2016

Two people killed after Amtrak train with 341 passengers derails near Philadelphia

Published 03/04/2016 | 16:09

An Amtrak train locomotive derailed when it struck a backhoe in Chester, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, killing two people, local television stations reported. Reuters/Glenn Hills Jr via social media
An Amtrak train locomotive derailed when it struck a backhoe in Chester, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, killing two people, local television stations reported. Reuters/Glenn Hills Jr via social media

Two people have been killed after an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia.

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Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended.

Amtrak said Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia.

The impact derailed the lead engine of the train. About 341 passengers and seven crew members were on board.

Amtrak said initial reports are that some passengers were being treated for injuries.

Local emergency responders are on the scene and the crash is being investigated.

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