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Amtrak Train Collision with Maintenance-of-Way Equipment


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  • Accident No: DCA16FR007
  • Accident Type: Office of Railroad
  • Location: Chester, PA
  • Date: 4/3/2016

​On Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 7:50 a.m., National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) passenger train 89 struck a roadway maintenance machine (backhoe) at milepost 15.7 on the Amtrak Northeast Corridor near Chester, Pennsylvania. The train consisted of one locomotive, eight passenger cars, one café car, and one baggage car. Amtrak train 89was operating on main track 3 at 106 mph, within the maximum authorized speed of 110 mph. The locomotive struck the backhoe, and the debris struck and damaged the passenger cars. The backhoe operator and a supervisor died. The train had 7 crewmembers and 337 passengerson board at the time of the accident, including two employee passengers; 41peoplewere transported to local hospitals.

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