BREAKING NEWS: "Like a Nightmare"-Two Construction Workers Killed and 35 Passengers Injured after Amtrak Train Crashes Into a Backhoe Near Philadelphia

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CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on an Amtrak derailment in Chester, Pennsylvania. (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Officials say Amtrak has restored limited service between Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia following a morning crash that killed two Amtrak workers and injured dozens of passengers.

Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg has not been affected. Service on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor was restored early Sunday afternoon.

Train 89 hit a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles south of Philadelphia on Sunday morning. The backhoe operator and a supervisor were killed. The lead engine of the train derailed and more than 30 people were taken to hospitals.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Amtrak are investigating the crash.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said he spoke to Amtrak board chairman Anthony Coscia and it is unknown if the workers had been performing regular maintenance

1:45 p.m.

A New York senator says a backhoe operator and a supervisor were killed when an Amtrak train struck a piece of equipment on the tracks just south of Philadelphia.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters in New York on Sunday that he had spoken with Amtrak board chairman Anthony Coscia regarding the 8 a.m. Sunday crash in Chester, about 15 miles from Philadelphia. He said both workers killed were Amtrak employees.

Schumer said debris from the crash flew into the first two cars, injuring some passengers. More than 30 people were taken to hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Schumer said it's unclear whether the backhoe was performing regular maintenance or whether it was cleaning up debris from high overnight winds. He called for a complete investigation.

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12:15 p.m.

Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, killing two people and injuring more than 30.

Amtrak said Train 89 hit a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles from Philadelphia, at about 8 a.m. Sunday. The lead engine of the train derailed. The train was carrying more than 300 passengers and seven crew members and was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia.

Chester fire commissioner Travis Thomas said two people were killed. They were not passengers on the train. More than 30 people were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Service on the Northeast Corridor was suspended between Wilmington and Philadelphia, but service to New York remained operational.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

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11:30 a.m.

An Amtrak official says more than 30 people have been transported to hospitals with injuries following a crash and derailment of an Amtrak train just outside of Philadelphia.

Spokesman Mike Tolbert said the injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia remains suspended. Service between Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia is suspended until the afternoon.

Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles from Philadelphia around 8 a.m. The impact derailed the lead engine of the train.

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Tolbert said about 333 passengers and seven crew members were on the train.

Local emergency responders are on the scene and the crash is being investigated.(backslash)

9:30 a.m.

Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, and some injuries are being reported.

Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended.

Amtrak said Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia.

The impact derailed the lead engine of the train. About 341 passengers and seven crew members were on board.

Amtrak said initial reports are that some passengers were being treated for injuries.

Local emergency responders are on the scene and the crash is being investigated

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