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Two People Killed in Amtrak Collision

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.

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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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If you or someone you know has been hurt, or if you have suffered the loss of a loved one, please contact our firm to discuss your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for things like medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. We accept cases from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

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