2 Killed: Engine of Amtrak Palmetto Train Derails After Hitting Construction Equipment in Chester, Pennsylvania

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Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of railroad construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, and some injuries are being reported.

Chester (PA) police and firefighters responded about 7:53 a.m. Sunday to a report of an Amtrak passenger train crash near Booth Street. The train was traveling from New York City to Savannah, Georgia, and was carrying about about 341 passengers and seven crew members when it struck a backhoe/crane type of railroad construction/maintenance machine.

Two people are reported to have been killed. Amtrak reported that 31 people are being treated at hospitals.

Following the crash, Amtrak suspended all service on the Northeast Corridor. Service is suspended between Philadelphia and both New York City and Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Palmetto is part of the Silver Meteor train, which continues south to Miami, Florida.

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