2 dead after Amtrak train derails near Philadelphia

This image was removed due to legal reasons.

At least two people were reported dead Sunday after an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia.


From ABC's local Philadelphia affiliate:

The accident was reported at 7:53 a.m. Sunday near Booth Street on the Palmetto Train 89. The train was operating from New York to Savannah. Amtrak officials say the train struck a backhoe that was on the tracks. The impact derailed the lead engine of the train.

Amtrak said that there were approximately 341 people on the train.

This is the second major Amtrak derailment in the Philadelphia area in two years; a 2015 accident killed seven people.


This is a developing story.