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2 dead after Amtrak train hits backhoe, derails

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The scene of an Amtrak crash in Pennsylvania. Photo: NBC The scene of an Amtrak crash in Pennsylvania. Photo: NBC
CHESTER, Pa. -

 The Latest on an Amtrak derailment in Chester, Pennsylvania. (all times local):
    
12:15 p.m.
    
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 lead engine of the train derailed. The train was carrying more than 300 passengers and seven crew members and 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.
    
11:30 a.m.
    
An Amtrak official says more than 30 people have been transported to hospitals with injuries following a crash and derailment of an Amtrak train just outside of Philadelphia.
    
Spokesman Mike Tolbert said the injuries are not considered life-threatening.
    
Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia remains suspended. Service between Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia is suspended until the afternoon.
    
Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles from Philadelphia around 8 a.m. The impact derailed the lead engine of the train.
    
Tolbert said about 333 passengers and seven crew members were on the train.
    
Local emergency responders are on the scene and the crash is being investigated.
    
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9:30 a.m.
    
Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, and some injuries are being reported.
    
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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