Crash suspends Amtrak’s Phila. to Del. line

All Amtrak service has been suspended between Wilmington, Del., and Philadelphia, following a morning crash on Sunday, April 3.

Amtrak made the announcement after Amtrak Train 89, operating from New York City to Savannah, Ga., struck a backhoe that was on the tracks and partially derailed the lead engine, south of Philadelphia in Chester. Approximately 341 passengers and 7 crew members were on board.

At least 31 passengers are being transported to area hospitals, none with life-threatening injuries, Amtrak said. However, two Amtrak employees who were not on the train were killed, according to published reports. Local emergency responders are on the scene, and an investigation is ongoing, Amtrak said.

Northeast Corridor service between Wilmington and Philadelphia is suspended until later on Sunday. Keystone Service between New York City and Harrisburg, Pa., is not affected.

Individuals with questions about their friends and family on Train 89 should call Amtrak’s emergency hotline at 800-523-9101. Passengers with travel plans can confirm their train's status, change their plans, or review refund information using a range of tools – including Amtrak.com, smartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. In addition, service alerts, passenger notices and other announcements are posted at Amtrak.com/alerts.

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