Newspaper article International New York Times

Amtrak Train Crashes, Killing 2

Newspaper article International New York Times

Amtrak Train Crashes, Killing 2

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The train, carrying 340 passengers and seven crew members, derailed near Chester, Pa., after hitting a backhoe. The train was headed to Savannah, Ga., from New York City.

An Amtrak train derailed southwest of Philadelphia, killing two people and injuring dozens early on Sunday after striking a backhoe on the tracks, the authorities said.

Emergency workers were at the scene of the accident in Chester, Pa., where the lead engine of Amtrak's Train 89, operating from New York City to Savannah, Ga., came off the tracks shortly before 8 a.m.

Amtrak said more than 30 passengers had been taken to hospitals, though none with life-threatening injuries. The two people who were killed were not on the train, said Ruth Miller, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

"They were on, in or near the backhoe that was struck," she said in an email. …

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