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Backhoe Operator Involved in Amtrak Accident had Right to be on Tracks

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Kathleen Becker1 year ago

Investigators have determined that a backhoe operator involved in fatal Amtrak passenger train collision outside of Philadelphia earlier this month had the right to be on the tracks.

Details About the Backhoe-Amtrak Accident

Reuters reports that the backhoe operator that was killed in an Amtrak passenger train accident near Philadelphia did have the right to periodically drive the vehicle on the tracks to perform required maintenance work, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

According to the federal agency’s preliminary report, the accident happened on April 3rd during a 55-hour window when maintenance was scheduled.

One of the three tracks that was used by the Amtrak train was occasionally closed during the weekend to keep the backhoe and its driver safe.

Important Information About the Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), have confirmed what the required roadway worker’s protections were at the time the accident took place.

It is not confirmed at this time whether or not the Amtrak train had permission to use the track at the time of the accident.

The locomotive engineer did mention to the NTSB investigators he initially saw something prior to the incident on track No. 3.

The Georgia-bound train struck the backhoe that killed the operator as well as another Amtrak construction worker while sending 35 people to the nearest hospital.


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