Accident Investigations

HQ-2016-1123 (Summary Report) (Finalized)

  • 03
  • Apr
  • 2016
ACCIDENT TYPE: Obstruction Collision (OBS)
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Amtrak
ABSTRACT: On Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 7:49 a.m., EDT, southbound National Railroad Passenger Corporation Train 89 (Amtrak 89) was operating on Amtrakā€™s Philadelphia to Washington (PW) segment of the Northeast Corridor (NEC), Track 3 at 106 miles per hour (mph) near Chester, PA when the Engineer noticed maintenance-of-way (MOW) employees and equipment on Track 3. The Engineer initiated an emergency brake application however, the train struck a MOW backhoe at 102 mph. The impact with the MOW backhoe resulted in two fatalities to Amtrak MOW employees, 41 injuries (4 crew members, 1 MOW employee and 36 passengers) and $3,795,614 in damage.
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