Amtrak Train Derails on the Way From New York City to Savannah Ga

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Two people were killed after an Amtrak  train, operating from New York City to Savannah, Ga., derailed Sunday with more than 340 passengers onboard, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency said.    The train derailed southwest of Philadelphia, killing 2 people and injuring dozens more after striking a backhoe on the tracks, reports  New York Times.

  The two people who were killed were not on the train when the lead engine of Amtrak’s Train 89, running from New York City to Savannah, Ga., came off the tracks shortly before 8 a.m., said Ruth Miller, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

“They were on, in or near the backhoe that was struck,” she said in an email about the two people killed. “I cannot confirm age, gender, name or employer. I simply don’t have that information at this point.”

Amtrak did not return calls seeking comment about the deaths.  Read more…

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