Am­trak blamed in fa­tal crash

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PHILADEL­PHIA — Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Tues­day they found ma­jor lapses in how Am­trak deals with safety, in­clud­ing more than two dozen haz­ardous con­di­tions at the work zone in Philadel­phia where a New York train slammed into a main­te­nance back­hoe last year and killed two work­ers.

Chief among them, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said, were a fore­man’s fail­ure to make sure dis­patch­ers were still rerout­ing trains from the area un­der re­pair near Philadel­phia and the crew’s fail­ure to use a de­vice that would have au­to­mat­i­cally blocked trains from ac­cess­ing those tracks.

“Had any of these is­sues been ad­dressed, the ac­ci­dent may have been pre­vented,” Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board in­ves­ti­ga­tor Joe Gor­don said at a pub­lic meet­ing on the crash at the agency’s Wash­ing­ton head­quar­ters.

The April 2016 crash killed back­hoe op­er­a­tor Joseph Carter Jr. and su­per­vi­sor Peter Adamovich. About 40 pas­sen­gers on the New York to Sa­van­nah, Ga., train were in­jured.

“Am­trak’s lack of a strong safety cul­ture is at the heart of this ac­ci­dent,” said in­ves­ti­ga­tor Mike Hoepf.

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