At least 2 dead after Amtrak train crashes near Philadelphia


Amtrak Train

AP Photo/Mel Evans

An Amtrak train passes through Elizabeth train station Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J., along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

At least two people were killed and one injured Sunday morning after an Amtrak train struck a backhoe on the traintracks in Chester, Pennsylvania, causing the lead engine to derail, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Initial reports of casualties were fluid, with ABC reporting that "about 30" were injured.

Amtrak train 89, en route from New York to Savannah, Georgia, was carrying roughly 341 passengers and 7 crew, according to a statement from Amtrak.

Northeast Corridor service between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended for the time being as a result of the crash. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has also suspended service on the Wilmington-Newark Line, according to NBC.

Photos posted to social media from a man claiming to have been on the train appear to show the aftermath of the crash:


The same scene was visible in a photo from another man who appears to have been on the train.


This story is developing.