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2 Workers Killed in Amtrak / Backhoe Train Crash

An Amtrak train carrying more than 330 passengers collided with a backhoe that was on the tracks in Chester, Pennsylvania, just south of Philadelphia this weekend. The train crash killed two railroad construction workers who were on the track with the backhoe. The two men killed in the train collision, the backhoe operator, and his supervisor, were both Amtrak employees. The impact of the crash caused part of the train to derail, injuring about 35 passengers. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating why a piece of construction equipment was on a live track.

The impact of the Amtrak train crash caused much damage to the first car, tearing open the roof and blowing out many windows. Passengers on the train, which was traveling from New York to Savannah Georgia, reported debris flying everywhere and windows exploding. This crash is the latest in a string of Amtrak accidents. The Chester Amtrak collision came the same day as another Amtrak train collided with a vehicle at a railroad crossing in Somonauk, IL and nearly a year after the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers and injured 200. Another Amtrak train crash happened just last month injuring more than 30 people when it derailed in Kansas and an Amtrak worker was killed last month when he was struck by a New Jersey Transit train in North Brunswick.

After last year’s Philadelphia Amtrak crash, there was a major push to increase safety and install railroad crash prevention technology across the country. Rail travelers taking Amtrak between New York City and Philadelphia and Philadelphia and Washington are now protected by the new crash-prevention system, called positive train control. The system is supposed to take control of a train before it speeds through a curve at too high a rate of speed or if the engineer becomes distracted or disabled. This latest string of crashes shows the real rail-safety risks that still exist and an urgent need to increase safety and improve rail infrastructure even further for all railway passengers and railroad workers.

An ABC News Station;-limited-service/1274225/ in Philadelphia reported that NTSB officials said they were looking at speed, mechanical operations and signaling on the tracks to find out what may have caused the Amtrak crash in Chester. According to Amtrak, they operate more than 300 trains each day to more than 500 destinations.

The most common train accident involves collisions with passenger vehicles, pedestrians, busses, other trains, equipment or other objects on the track, as in the instance of this most recent Amtrak collision near Philadelphia. Train crashes are often catastrophic, resulting in severe injuries or death to passengers, rail employees, and others. If you have been a victim, you need experienced representation.

If you’ve been involved in an Amtrak accident or another train crash, whether as a train passenger, a railroad employee, or as a vehicle occupant involved in a train collision, you need a knowledgeable train crash attorney in Philadelphia who understands the law and gets results in injury claims. For a free consultation, call 215-575-9237 and speak to an Amtrak crash attorney at Fellerman & Ciarimboli in Philadelphia today. We’ve won millions in settlement and verdicts for our clients

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