AMTRAK DERAILS – 2 DEAD

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Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.08.02 AMTwo construction workers were killed when an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Savannah, Ga., Sunday struck a backhoe that was on the tracks about 15 miles south of Philadelphia.

The crash derailed the lead engine of Palmetto Train 89, according to a statement by Amtrak.

Amtrak said initial reports were that some passengers were being treated for injuries, but could not immediately confirm fatalities.

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

The derailed Amtrak train, which was carrying 341 passengers and 7 crew members, forced Amtrak to suspend service on the Northeast Corridor and SEPTA to suspend its Wilmington/Newark regional rail service.

Local emergency responders were on the scene and the crash is being investigated.

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