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Amtrak Train Derailment Kills 2, Injures Dozens Outside Philadelphia

The train hit construction equipment near Philadelphia, causing the lead engine to derail.

By Ryan Biek, Katie Link | April 3, 2016

Two people were killed, and more than 30 injured after a train derailed outside of Philadelphia on Sunday morning.

Amtrak train No. 89 was traveling from New York City to Savannah, Georgia, when it hit a piece of heavy equipment on the tracks, causing the lead engine to derail around 8 a.m. 

WCAU reports the two people killed were Amtrak employees doing maintenance on the tracks.

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So far there's no word on why the train was traveling in an area where construction was taking place.  

"It was an explosion; we got off track and then it was like a big explosion, then it was a fire and then the windows burst out and some people were cut up," a passenger told WPVI

Nearly 350 people were on board train No. 89. Those injured were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Service was temporarily suspended between New York City and Philadelphia but was resumed with a limited capacity by Sunday afternoon. 

Just last year, another Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200. And just last month, more than 30 passengers were hospitalized after an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas.

This video includes clips from CBS and images from Getty Images. 

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