Amtrak Service Partially Suspended in Northeast Corridor After Crash Kills 2

By Paul Riegler on 3 April 2016
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DSC_0581 2An Amtrak train en route from New York City to Savannah, Georgia derailed southwest of Philadelphia early Sunday. The train struck a backhoe, killing two and derailed, injuring scores.

Amtrak Train 89 partially derailed shortly before 8 a.m. The two people that were killed were not on the train but reportedly near the backhoe. The train carried approximately 341 passengers and 7 crew members, the railroad said in a statement. Approximately 31 injured passengers were sent to area hospitals, none, according to Amtrak, with life-threatening injuries.

Amtrak Northeast Corridor service between Philadelphia and Wilmington was suspended until early Sunday afternoon.

“Amtrak is providing limited service between Wilmington and Philadelphia after an earlier incident near Chester, PA.,” the railroad said in a statement on its website.

Service between New York and Philadelphia is not affected. New Jersey Transit said its service will continue to operate normally

Federal Railroad Administration investigators are in Chester, Pennsylvania at the scene of the accident, the agency said in a tweet Sunday morning.

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