- Dominick Reuter/Reuters
Two people were killed and over 30 injured Sunday morning after an Amtrak train struck a backhoe on the train tracks in Chester, Pennsylvania, causing the lead engine to derail, NBC Philadelphia and Reuters reported.
The two killed were Amtrak employees with over 40 years of service between them, according to NBC.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer said that the dead were the backhoe driver and his supervisor, CNN reported.
Chester Fire Commissioner Travis Thomas told Reuters that 35 were injured, in addition to the two killed.
Amtrak train 89, en route from New York to Savannah, Georgia, was carrying roughly 341 passengers and seven crew.
Northeast Corridor service between New York and Philadelphia was suspended as a result of the crash, though Amtrak announced at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday that limited service had been restored between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) 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:
@KGoreCBS Was in the second car. Window across from me blew up and there was a small fire. Most of the damage were in the first car.
— Ari Ne’eman (@aneeman) April 3, 2016
The same scene was visible in a photo from another man who appears to have been on the train.
— Glenn R Hills Jr (@GlennHills) April 3, 2016