News roundup of Amtrak Chester, Pennsylvania crash of the southbound Palmetto

April 5, 2016

Two m/w workers killed in wreck of Amtrak Palmetto

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine

UPDATED APRIL 4, 2016: Amtrak Train 89, the New York City-Savannah, Ga., Palmetto, partially derailed at Chester, Pa., approximately 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, on the Northeast Corridor early Sunday, April 3, 2016, after striking a maintenance-of-way backhoe on the tracks. Two Amtrak maintenance-of-way employees were killed and 35 on board the train were injured, one seriously.Website Insert State Supported Passenger Trains copy

Amtrak Train 89 had 341 passengers and seven crew members on board at the time. Killed were the equipment operator and a track supervisor. Debris from the crash flew into the first two cars, injuring passengers. The train was traveling at 106 mph, 4 mph below its maximum authorized speed of 110 mph.

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