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2 dead, dozens injured after Amtrak train strikes backhoe near Philadelphia

Amtrak lead engine derails after crash near Philadelphia/ NBC

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, killing two people and injuring more than 30.

Amtrak said Train 89 hit a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles from Philadelphia, at about 8 a.m. Sunday.The impact derailed the lead engine of the train. About 341 passengers and seven crew members were on board the train, which was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia.

Chester fire commissioner Travis Thomas said two people were killed. They were not passengers on the train. More than 30 people were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Service on the Northeast Corridor was suspended between Wilmington and Philadelphia, but service to New York remained operational.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

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