Amtrak train crash that occurred Sunday morning has left two Amtrak employees dead and dozens
of passengers injured.
The accident occurred just south of Philadelphia at around 8:00 A.M. when
the Savannah-bound train collided with a backhoe on the tracks, killing
the backhoe supervisor and operator. This accident comes less than one
year after another Amtrak train derailment resulted in the deaths of eight
people in 2015.
The train collided full-force with the construction equipment, causing
the front car to burst into flames and sending heat and smoke throughout
the front cars. Windows shattered and sent shards of glass into the cars.
Thirty-one passengers were transported to area hospitals for treatment
of lacerations and other non-life-threatening injuries.
So far, it is still unclear if the backhoe was cleaning debris from strong
overnight winds, or if they were performing regular maintenance. Investigators
are looking into who had authorization to be on the track at the time
of the crash. Service between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended
pending investigation of the accident.
We are deeply saddened by this accident and extend our sincerest condolences
to the family of the two workers who tragically lost their lives.
Updates on this story will be released online as further details become
Shrager, Spivey & Sachs has decades of experience handling train accident
and all other personal injury cases in Philadelphia. If you have been
hurt or suffered the loss of a loved one, do not hesitate to contact us
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