Dozens of injuries reported in Amtrak derailment

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(AP) – An Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia on Sunday causing a derailment, and dozens of injuries are being reported, according to authorities.

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

Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it hit a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia, officials said. The crash happened around 8 a.m.

The impact derailed the lead engine of the train. About 333 passengers and seven crew members were on board.

Mike Tolbert, spokesman for Amtrak, said approximately 31 passengers were transported to area hospitals. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

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