NY Senator: 2 Dead in Crash Were Amtrak Workers

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CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A New York senator says a backhoe operator and a supervisor were killed when an Amtrak train struck a piece of equipment on the tracks just south of Philadelphia.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters in New York on Sunday that he had spoken with Amtrak board chairman Anthony Coscia regarding the 8 a.m. Sunday crash in Chester, about 15 miles from Philadelphia. He said both workers killed were Amtrak employees.

Schumer said debris from the crash flew into the first two cars, injuring some passengers. More than 30 people were taken to hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Schumer said it’s unclear whether the backhoe was performing regular maintenance or whether it was cleaning up debris from high overnight winds. He called for a complete investigation.