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April 8, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Federal agencies have repeatedly advised railroads to use backup safety precautions for workers on the rails after accidents hauntingly similar to Sunday's fatal Amtrak crash in Chester. Sources with knowledge of the crash that killed two have said a communications lapse during a shift change contributed to workers' staying on the rails while safety precautions designed to route trains away from them were canceled. This exact scenario, according to a 2014 Federal Railroad Administration safety advisory, has been an ongoing problem in railroad work.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Caitlin McCabe, STAFF WRITERS
A failure to follow one or more safety rules designed to protect rail workers likely played a role in the Amtrak crash that killed two men Sunday, sources with knowledge of the crash said. The National Transportation Safety Board has said the communication between dispatchers and the work crew on the track will be one of the factors examined in the investigation. On Tuesday, several sources said a possible focus was on the failure to properly secure the permission that work crews need to safely access tracks.
NEWS
April 6, 2016 | Staff Report
Amtrak and SEPTA have resumed rail service through the area of Sunday's deadly Amtrak derailment in Delaware County. The Sunday morning train derailed after crashing into a maintenance vehicle in Chester, killing two rail workers, injuring 37 passengers and shutting down Amtrak and SEPTA trains. Amtrak, which restored limited service Sunday, said it would operate on its normal schedule Monday, though riders on Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains between Philadelphia and Wilmington may face delays.
NEWS
April 5, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Caitlin McCabe, and Marie McCullough, STAFF WRITERS
An Amtrak train derailed after crashing into a maintenance vehicle in Chester on Sunday, killing two rail workers and injuring 37 passengers, rail officials said. The crash, the second fatal Amtrak derailment in the region within the last year, suspended service between Philadelphia and Washington, and shut down SEPTA trains on the Wilmington/Newark line. Amtrak Train 89, operating from New York to Savannah, Ga., struck a backhoe on the tracks around 7:50 a.m. Sunday near Sixth and Booth Streets in Chester, officials said.
NEWS
April 5, 2016 | By Marie McCullough and Maria Panaritis, STAFF WRITERS
It happened so fast that Kim Goldman had barely settled in for her ride from Philadelphia to Washington. Amtrak Train 89 was cruising south along a row of refineries near the Delaware border, some of its 341 passengers dozing, others nursing cups of coffee. Until a boom, a wall of fire, and yellow smoke stirred terror just before 8 a.m. Sunday. Barely 20 minutes after departing Philadelphia, the Georgia-bound train struck an Amtrak maintenance vehicle in Chester and derailed, killing two people, injuring 37 others, and creating a scene of confusion and fear less than a year after another Philadelphia-area Amtrak crash that killed eight people and injured hundreds.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Amtrak and its development partners want to build a new underground concourse linking 30th Street Station with SEPTA's subways and trolleys as the first step in a 35-year plan for the area. The concourse, to be topped by a skylight and lined with shops along its 250-foot span, would be completed during the first half of the 2020s, according to a draft of the 30th Street Station District Plan to be released during an open house at the station Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. The draft is the latest stage in a $5.25 million study, nearing completion after two years, of plans for the station.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The list is impersonal: 164 people identified just by age and sex, followed by an inventory of damage to human bodies. Fractures. Lacerations. A ruptured bladder. A liver contusion. Three people who suffered flail chests - catastrophic harm to their rib cages. The list , released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, catalogs injuries inflicted when Amtrak Train 188 derailed in Philadelphia last spring. Of 253 passengers on the seven-car train, eight died.
NEWS
February 20, 2016
SEPTA and Amtrak service service has resumed Thursday evening with residual delays in Northeast Philadelphia after a warehouse fire along the tracks in the city's Holmesburg section was declared under control, officials said. Just before 5:30 p.m., a fire was reported at a two-story brick warehouse in the 7700 block of Edmund Street. SEPTA's Trenton line was suspended through the area and Amtrak trains were halted from going through the area as firefighters battled the blaze.
NEWS
February 13, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Bad weather and cheap oil are hurting Amtrak's bottom line, and its chief executive wants across-the-board cuts just four months into the fiscal year. A Feb. 9 letter obtained by The Inquirer from Joseph Boardman, Amtrak's president and CEO, to employees said that in January he requested cuts averaging 3.8 percent from the agency's department heads. It also said more significant cuts are ahead. "We are going to need to take more aggressive actions to reduce our costs," he wrote, "some of which may be painful to take.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2016
Call it a clash of cultures. The investigation into the horrific crash of Amtrak Train 188 on May 12, 2015, is proceeding along two paths, and the two couldn't be more different. The National Transportation Safety Board so far has taken the lead, opening its probe one day after the crash. Its cautious and collaborative approach to rail and aircraft disasters has won praise for encouraging witnesses to open up, but also criticism for seeming to pull punches. Dozens of personal-injury lawyers also want a crack at explaining what happened, and have filed 111 lawsuits involving the crash.
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