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Amtrak Train Strikes Backhoe Outside Philly, Kills 2 Workers

Backhoe operator and supervisor said to be on the wrong tracks

April 04, 2016

Sunday morning, two workers will killed when Amtrak Train number 89, bound for Savannah, Georgia, struck their backhoe in Chester, Pennsylvania. During the crash, the lead engine partially derailed, scattering debris throughout the tracks and under a steel railroad bridge near Sixth and Broom streets in Chester. The names of the two men killed have not been released but Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland said they were long-time employees of Amtrak. Of the 330 passengers, 35 were injured as well as the engineer.

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