NTSB Opens Amtrak Accident Docket

The docket concerns an April 2016 incident near Chester, Pa. A train moving at 106 mph, within the maximum authorized speed of 110 mph, hit a maintenance backhoe, killing two maintenance workers and injuring 41 people aboard the train.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Jan. 26 opened the docket for its investigation of a 2016 Amtrak passenger train accident near Chester, Pa. Amtrak train 89 struck a backhoe used by a maintenance crew performing scheduled track work near Chester on April 3, 2016, causing the deaths of the backhoe operator and a supervisor. Forty-one people aboard the train were treated for injuries.

The train consisted of a locomotive, eight passenger cars, one café car, and one baggage car. It was moving at 106 mph, within the maximum authorized speed of 110 mph, which it hit the backhoe, and the debris struck and damaged the passenger cars. There were seven train crew members and 337 passengers on board at the time of the accident, including two employee passengers.

The accident docket includes investigative reports, the temporary speed restrictions, and related interviews. The docket contains only factual information collected by NTSB investigators, and does not provide analysis, findings, recommendations or probable cause determinations. To view the docket and its contents, visit this page.

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