Dozens Injured As Amtrak Train Derails In US

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 7:08 PM

Train eighty-nine was heading from NY City to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck construction equipment on the track in the town of Chester, about fifteen miles S of Philadelphia.

Dozens Injured As Amtrak Train Derails In US

More than thirty people have been injured after an Amtrak train derailed in the US, with three hundred thirty-three passengers and seven crew on board.

Train eighty-nine was heading from NY City to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck construction equipment on the track in the town of Chester, about fifteen miles S of Philadelphia.

The impact is believed to have derailed the train'south lead engine, and local emergency responders are on the scene.

Local media reports propose two people have died, but Amtrak is yet to confirm whether there have been any fatalities.

Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert said those taken to hospital aren't considered to have life-threatening injuries,

Ari Ne'eman, who was on the second carriage at the time of the crash, said: "The car started shaking wildly, there was a odor of smoke, it looked love there was a tiny fire and then the window across from us blew out.

"It was a very frightening experience. I'm frankly very happy that I wasn't on the first car."

Passengers had begun to obtain off the train when it came to an abrupt halt after the collision, but the conductor stopped them - and executive began to evacuate people at the rear of the train.

Services on the Northeast Corridor connecting NY and Philadelphia - one of America'south busiest railway lines - have presently been suspended.

Amtrak has opened a special helpline for the friends and family of those on board the train.

Investigators from the Federal Railroad Administration are also on the scene.

In May two thousand fifteen, eight people were killed and two hundred others injured after an Amtrak train in Philadelphia derailed at a speed of 106mph - with four carriages and the locomotive leaving the track.

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