An accident involving an Amtrak train left two dead and more than 30 wounded Sunday morning, becoming the third high-profile Amtrak accident in the last twelve months. The train was moving at high speed when it struck a backhoe on its track just outside of Philadelphia. The incident killed two construction workers and injured dozens of riders.
In March of 2016, a cross-country Amtrak train derailed in Kansas, sending 32 of its passengers to the hospital.
This latest accident came only two days after the initial organizational meeting of the Multi-District Litigation created to deal with the many lawsuits filed on behalf of passengers of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment which occurred on May 12, 2015 in Philadelphia. That accident was the deadliest train crash in over 25 years and had placed Amtrak under heavy scrutiny for its possible negligence.
Amtrak, which is attempting to resolve the claims arising out of the derailment, now has additional deaths and injuries to deal with. Although the Accident in Chester just occurred, it seems clear that Amtrak is once again responsible. The backhoe on the track was owned and operated by Amtrak employees and thus should have been communicating with the train that struck it.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by recent Amtrak accidents, please contact the Locks Law Firm for a free consultation.