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Amtrak train crash kills two

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Two people are dead after an Amtrak train accident just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sunday morning. 

The train was traveling from New York to Savannah, Georgia when it slammed into a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, Pennsylvania  just 15 miles south of Philadelphia.

The accident derailed the lead engine on the train and killed the  backhoe operator and a supervisor. Over 30 people were taken to medical facilities.  The accident halted service along much of the Northeast corridor until early afternoon. Train 89 held about 341 passengers and seven crew members. The cause of the tragedy is still unclear.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Amtrak are investigating the accident.


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