By: Allan M. Siegel
Two Amtrak workers were killed and dozens of passengers were injured after
a Washington, DC-bound train collided with a backhoe on Sunday morning.
The accident occurred south of Philadelphia less than a year after another
Amtrak derailment accident killed eight people.
According to Stephen Gardner, the Vice President of Amtrak, the lead engine
of the train derailed at around 8:00 A.M. after striking the construction
equipment at full force. The train car erupted into flames, sending heat
and smoke through the first few train cars. Over 340 passengers were onboard,
along with a crew of seven Amtrak employees.
The backhoe operator and supervisor were killed in the collision. It is
still unclear whether the backhoe was performing regular maintenance or
was clearing debris from high overnight winds.
Thirty-one passengers were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening
injuries. Service in the Northeast Corridor has been suspended between
New York and Philadelphia while federal investigators look into the cause
of the accident. .
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