The Latest: Amtrak services to resume Monday after accident

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Posted: Apr 03, 2016 8:28 PM

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on an Amtrak derailment in Chester, Pennsylvania. (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Amtrak says it will operate regularly scheduled trains on Monday after a deadly derailment outside Philadelphia disrupted service.

Amtrak says there may be some delays, however, on Acela Express, Northeast Regional and other services between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.

Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, at about 8 a.m. Sunday when it hit heavy equipment on the track track in Chester, knocking the lead engine off the rails. Officials say two Amtrak workers were killed and more than 30 passengers were sent to hospitals with injuries that weren't life-threatening.

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5:45 p.m.

Federal investigators will be examining data and video from an Amtrak train that derailed after hitting a piece of heavy equipment on the tracks near Philadelphia, killing two Amtrak workers and sending more than 30 passengers to hospitals.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ryan Frigo said Sunday evening that the data recorder and forward-facing and inward-facing video from the locomotive have been recovered. Train 89 was carrying more than 300 passengers and seven crew members and heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it hit the equipment Sunday morning just outside Philadelphia.

Frigo confirmed that one of the two people killed was the operator of the equipment. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said a top Amtrak official told him that both people who died were Amtrak employees.

5:15 p.m.

Businessman Steve Forbes says he was on the train that derailed near Philadelphia, killing two people and injuring several dozen others.

Forbes told CSPAN's "Book TV" by phone that he was in the next-to-last car when the train "made sudden jerks" as if it was about to make an abrupt stop Sunday morning.

The chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media said the train then made another abrupt stop. He said "everyone's coffee was flying through the air," and there was smoke and a smell as if the brakes were smoldering.

He said the most disconcerting thing was not knowing what was happening, as the PA system was knocked out and passengers were left to speculate for 20 or 25 minutes before anyone came back to tell them what had happened.

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3:30 p.m.

Officials say Amtrak has restored limited service between Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia following a morning crash that killed two Amtrak workers and injured dozens of passengers.

Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg has not been affected. Service on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor was restored early Sunday afternoon.

Train 89 hit a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles south of Philadelphia on Sunday morning. The backhoe operator and a supervisor were killed. The lead engine of the train derailed and more than 30 people were taken to hospitals.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Amtrak are investigating the crash.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said he spoke to Amtrak board chairman Anthony Coscia and it is unknown if the workers had been performing regular maintenance.

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1:45 p.m.

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.

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12:15 p.m.

Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, killing two people and injuring more than 30.

Amtrak said Train 89 hit a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles from Philadelphia, at about 8 a.m. Sunday. The lead engine of the train derailed. The train was carrying more than 300 passengers and seven crew members and was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia.

Chester fire commissioner Travis Thomas said two people were killed. They were not passengers on the train. More than 30 people were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Service on the Northeast Corridor was suspended between Wilmington and Philadelphia, but service to New York remained operational.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

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11:30 a.m.

An Amtrak official says more than 30 people have been transported to hospitals with injuries following a crash and derailment of an Amtrak train just outside of Philadelphia.

Spokesman Mike Tolbert said the injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia remains suspended. Service between Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia is suspended until the afternoon.

Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles from Philadelphia around 8 a.m. The impact derailed the lead engine of the train.

Tolbert said about 333 passengers and seven crew members were on the train.

Local emergency responders are on the scene and the crash is being investigated.(backslash)

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9:30 a.m.

Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, and some injuries are being reported.

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

Amtrak said Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia.

The impact derailed the lead engine of the train. About 341 passengers and seven crew members were on board.

Amtrak said initial reports are that some passengers were being treated for injuries.

Local emergency responders are on the scene and the crash is being investigated.