2 Dead as Amtrak Train Hits Backhoe, Derails

Injuries reported in accident south of Philadelphia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2016 8:57 AM CDT
Updated Apr 3, 2016 9:00 AM CDT
Amtrak Train Hits Backhoe, Derails
An Amtrak train passes a New Jersey Transit train at Elizabeth train station Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Elizabeth, NJ, along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, and two people were killed, reports Reuters, citing local media. Some injuries are being reported. Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended, reports the AP. 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. (Read more Amtrak stories.)

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