Amtrak safety News

Trump Effort to Roll Back Rail Safety Rules Questioned Following Amtrak Crash

As investigators sift through the wreckage of this week’s Amtrak train crash in Washington state, critics have begun questioning President Donald Trump’s recent efforts to roll back or delay finalizing U.S. rail safety regulations. Making American railroads safer drew renewed …

Family of Worker Killed in Pennsylvania Amtrak Crash Files Suit

A lawyer filing suit over a fatal Amtrak crash near Philadelphia blamed a “colossal miscommunication” for the deaths of two rail workers killed when a train traveling 106 mph struck a backhoe on the same track. Lawyers filed a negligence …

Investigators Say Amtrak Engineer Was Distracted Before 2015 Philly Crash

The Amtrak engineer at the controls of a speeding train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, was distracted in the moments before the accident, U.S. investigators are preparing to conclude at a meeting Tuesday. The National Transportation …

Rail Union Blames Corporate Changes at Amtrak for Worker Deaths

Railroad union leaders say a “perfect storm” of corporate changes at Amtrak is largely to blame for two workers being killed on tracks near Philadelphia. In a letter sent on April 13 to Amtrak President Joe Boardman, maintenance-of-way and other …

Amtrak Ordered to Retrain Workers Following Deadly Crash Outside Philly

Amtrak has been ordered to retrain rail workers on basic safety rules days after a train going 106 miles per hour struck and killed two Amtrak employees working on the same track just south of Philadelphia. The mandate from the …

2 Killed After Amtrak Train Hits Backhoe Near Philadelphia

An Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia on Sunday causing a derailment, killing two people and sending more than 30 others to hospitals, authorities said. Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, …

Major Railroads Say They’ll Again Miss Safety Deadline First Set in 2008

Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told the government they won’t meet a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last …

Congress Pressured to Extend Deadline for Railroad Safety Technology

The head of Amtrak warned Congress that some passenger rail service outside the Northeast corridor will be suspended if lawmakers don’t extend a Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to install safety technology. “There will be significant impacts to our service …