two deceased after Amtrak train strikes backhoe on tracks close Philadelphia

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 6:24 PM

The crash, which occurred around eight a. m., derailed the lead engine of Palmetto Train eighty-nine, according to a statement by Amtrak.

two deceased after Amtrak train strikes backhoe on tracks close Philadelphia

Two construction workers were killed when an Amtrak train traveling from NY to Savannah, Ga., Sun struck a backhoe that was on the tracks about fifteen miles S of Philadelphia, DE County officials said.

The crash, which occurred around eight a. m., derailed the lead engine of Palmetto Train eighty-nine, according to a statement by Amtrak.

One extra person was injured, according to NBC, which cited Chester Police.

Reports from witnesses on the train indicate the Amtrak conductor blew the train'south horn, but construction workers were unable to clear the tracks in time.

Amtrak said initial reports were that some passengers were being treated for injuries, but couldn't immediately confirm fatalities.

A passenger on the train described a fireball and windows on the train being blown out upon impact.

"The conductor did notify us that there was a fatality, that there were people working on the track," Stephanie Burroughs told Fox News. Burroughs said she was told the death was someone who was "working on the tracks."

She also said there were "some injuries" to passengers in the front car, but she'd heard the worst injury was a broken arm.

Another passenger, Ari Ne'eman, told Fox News that despite the shock of the crash, passengers evacuated in an orderly manner.

"The evacuation wasn't panicked," Ne'eman said. "The Amtrak personnel told everybody not to get their luggage during the evacuation."

The derailed Amtrak train, which was carrying three hundred forty-one passengers and seven crew members, forced Amtrak to suspend service on the Northeast Corridor and SEPTA to suspend its Wilmington/Newark regional rail service. NJ Transit wasn't experiencing any delays due to the derailment, a spokesperson said.

Local emergency responders were on the scene and the crash was being investigated. Federal Railroad Administration executive had also arrived at the scene, said Matthew Lehner, a spokesman for the agency.

The crash comes nearly a year after the Amtrak Northeast Regional derailed on May twelve in Philadelphia, killing eight and injuring more than two hundred. That was the deadliest Amtrak crash since a one thousand nine hundred eighty-seven derailment close Baltimore that killed 16.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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