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2 reported dead as Amtrak train derailment halts US northeast rail travel
From: Straits Times
Date: 03/04/16

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Train service along a stretch of the US northeast ground to a halt early Sunday (April 3) following a derailment near Philadelphia that local news reports said left two people dead and dozens injured.

US railway service Amtrak said in a statement that the train, the Palmetto, was en route from New York to Savannah, Georgia when it struck a backhoe on the tracks south of Philadelphia.

The front windows of the train, which was carrying nearly 350 passengers and crew, were smashed in the incident, which took place in the town of Chester, Pennsylvania shortly before 8am local time.

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