Amtrak Train Derails Near Philadelphia, Killing Two; Northeast Corridor Service Suspended

Amtrak Train Derails Near Philadelphia, Killing Two; Northeast Corridor Service Suspended

Tyler Durden’s pictureSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 04/03/2016
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At least two people died and 30 suffered injuries when an Amtrak train collided with a backhoe on the tracks at approximately 7:53 am near Booth Street in Chester, causing the lead engine of the train to derail.  Service has been suspended along the Northeast Corridor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. According to Amtrak, there were 341 passengers and seven crewmembers on board Palmetto train 89 at the time of the incident, which took place in Chester, Delaware County.

Officials confirmed two people have died on the train traveling from New York to Savannah, Georgia, without revealing the identities of the victims.

Amtrak has suspended service on the Northeast Corridor after an Amtrak train derailed during an accident in Chester. SEPTA has also suspended service on the Wilmington/Newark Line due to the incident.

Officials say Amtrak Train 89, operating from New York to Savannah, Ga., struck a backhoe that was on the tracks at approximately 7:53 a.m. Sunday morning near Booth St. in Chester, causing the lead engine of the train to derail.

“This morning, Amtrak Train 89, operating from New York to Savannah, Georgia, struck a backhoe that was on the tracks and derailed the lead engine south of Philadelphia,” Amtrak spokesman said, adding the cause of the crash is now being investigated.

More details in this developing story.

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