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2 dead after Amtrak train strikes backhoe on tracks near Philadelphia

"We got off track and there was an explosion and there was a big fire"

FoxNews.com reporting: Two construction workers have died when an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Savannah, Ga., Sunday rammed a backhoe that was on the tracks about 15 miles south of Philadelphia, Delaware County officials reported.

The crash occurred around 8 a.m. and derailed the lead engine of Palmetto Train 89, according to a statement by Amtrak.

Of the 341 passengers and seven members of the crew on the train, 35 people were hospitalized with minor injuries, according to Chester County Fire Commissioner Travis Thomas.

"We have the situation under control now," Thomas said.

Reports from eyewitnesses suggest that train’s conductor blew the horn, but it was too late for construction workers to do anything as they were unable to clear the tracks in time.

A passenger on the train described a fireball and windows on the train being blown out upon impact.

"The conductor did inform us that there was a fatality, that there were people working on the track," Stephanie Burroughs told Fox News. Burroughs said she was told the death was someone who was "working on the tracks."

Linton Holmes was towards the back of the train and described a "rumbling" and "a bunch of dust" when the derailment occurred.

"There were some people, they were pretty bloody, because it was like an explosion," Holmes said at a news conference. "We got off track and there was an explosion and there was a big fire."

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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