Why 2 Amtrak Workers Were On Tracks & Struck by Train

An Amtrak accident involving a passenger train and a construction vehicle left two people dead on Sunday, April 3, 2016. The train was carrying 341 passengers and 7 crew members. 

The doomed locomotive departed New York’s Penn Station around 6:30 a.m. travelling south toward Washington DC on the Northeast Corridor railroad line. The train was coasting at 110 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

As it passed through Chester, Pennsylvania, the train struck a construction backhoe performing maintenance work near the tracks, and was derailed by the blow.

A preliminary investigation of this latest Amtrak accident shows the maintenance work had been scheduled in advance with train officials. However, it was scheduled to have been completed prior to the 8:00 a.m. collision. 

The backhoe operator and a construction supervisor were both killed in this avoidable accident, which is being reviewed by New York Senator Charles Schumer. Amtrak accident cases have captured the attention of lawmakers responsible for approving the train line’s funding.

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