Train Derails In US, Two Dead

At least two people have been killed, following a train derailment, near the city of Philadelphia, in the United States.

A train has derailed south of the US city of Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania, leaving two people dead and more than 30 others injured.

Amtrak’s Train 89 was heading from New York City to Savannah in Georgia when it struck a mechanical digger – known in the US as a backhoe – that was on the track at Chester.

Some 341 passengers and seven crew members were on board. All subsequent Amtrak services between New York and Philadelphia have been suspended.

An Amtrak statement said the impact with the backhoe had derailed the lead engine of the Palmetto train in Chester, 15 miles (24km) from Philadelphia.

The two people killed are believed to have been construction workers who were unable to get off the track in time.

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