Two dead after Amtrak train strikes backhoe, derails in Pennsylvania


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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Amtrak says a train traveling from New York to Savannah, Georgia has derailed in Chester, Delaware County.

The accident was reported around 8 a.m. Sunday near Booth Street on the Palmetto train 89.

According to Amtrak, the train struck a a backhoe that was on the tracks causing the the lead engine to derail.

Amtrak says there were approximately 341 passengers and seven crew members on board.

Delaware County officials have confirmed that at least two people were killed in the crash and some passengers are being treated for injuries.

Local emergency responders are on the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

Northeast Corridor service between New York and Philadelphia is suspended.