Two construction workers lost their lives in a train accident near Philadelphia, and another 30 passengers were also injured. The Amtrak train collided with a backhoe that had been on the tracks. One of the victims was the backhoe operator and the other was a supervisor. Both men were employees of Amtrak.
How Did the Train Accident Happen?
Amtrak officials and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board say that the construction accident occurred at approximately 7:50 a.m. and that the train was moving at close to 110 mph just before the crash.
According to authorities, the backhoe was travelling across the tracks just prior to the accident. The investigators on the case, however, have said that they are not yet sure whether the two construction workers had the authority to be on the tracks with the heavy equipment.
The train operator reportedly put the train into emergency about five seconds before impact, but five seconds is not nearly enough time to slow a speeding train.
Investigators say that they will be working for months before they have all the information needed to determine if there was any negligence involved.
Who Could Be Liable for the Accident?
In accidents such as this, there are more than a few parties that could potentially be accused of negligence. The company could be found responsible if it cut any safety corners or allowed employees to violate safety policies.
If there had been a malfunction with the train itself prior to the crash, which officials have said is unlikely, then the party responsible for maintenance could be held liable.
There are a ton of possibilities and potential defendants depending on how the investigation goes in the next few months.
If you or a loved one is injured in a train accident, call or fill out an online form to find out how a Cape May personal injury attorney with Donald G. Targan & Associates. P.C. can help you recover damages.