NTSB Meeting Nov. 14 on Fatal Amtrak Crash

The crash occurred about 7:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2016, and involved a train traveling on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The train was moving at 106 mph at the time it struck the backhoe -- within the maximum authorized speed of 110 mph.

The National Transportation Safety Board will meet Nov.14 to determine the probable cause of a fatal crash involving an Amtrak passenger train that struck a backhoe near Chester, Pa., on April 3, 2016. The backhoe was involved in roadway maintenance work; both the backhoe operator and a supervisor were killed.

The crash occurred about 7:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 3, and involved a train traveling on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The train consisted of a locomotive, eight passenger cars, one café car, and one baggage car, and it was moving at 106 mph at the time -- within the maximum authorized speed of 110 mph. According to NTSB, the locomotive struck the backhoe and debris struck and damaged the passenger cars.

The train had seven crew members and 337 passengers on board at the time of the accident; 41 people were transported to local hospitals.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time in Washington, D.C. Personnel from NTSB and investigative staff from the Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations will participate. It will be webcast live; a link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://ntsb.capitolconnection.org/.

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