Workers may have been on wrong track

Amtrak Train 89, the southbound Palmetto destined for Savannah, Ga., struck a backhoe on the tracks in Chester, Pa., on Sunday morning. The accident killed two maintenance of way workers and injured several aboard the train, including the engineer. Dozens were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. All Amtrak and SEPTA service was halted while the accident was under investigation through Sunday evening.

Regular service resumed on April 4, though with some delays through the investigation site. According to Reuters, preliminary reports indicate that maintenance workers may have occupied the wrong track, though the exact cause is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

—Passenger Train Journal

This article was posted on: April 4, 2016