NTSB: Am­trak’s lax safety cul­ture led to deadly crash

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PHILADEL­PHIA | Am­trak’s safety cul­ture suf­fered ma­jor lapses, in­clud­ing more than two dozen un­safe con­di­tions at a work zone where a train slammed into a main­te­nance back­hoe last year, killing two work­ers, fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Tues­day.

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

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

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