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Feds: Amtrak must retrain track workers on basic safety

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 7, 2016 2:41 PM
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Scattered debris is shown inside an Amtrak train following a deadly crash Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Chester, Pa. The Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia causing a derailment. (Maggie Holtgreive via AP)

(Philadelphia) -- Amtrak has been ordered to immediately retrain track workers on basic safety rules after a passenger train struck and killed two Amtrak employees near Philadelphia.

The Federal Railroad Administration order suggests the workers killed Sunday may not have been told the track was being reopened to train traffic.

The directive orders Amtrak to reinforce the rule that a track will not be reopened until all workers have either left the area or been warned about an approaching train.

Investigators say the Amtrak passenger train had only five seconds to brake before crashing into a backhoe in use on the track.

The backhoe operator and a supervisor were killed.

Both men were veteran Amtrak employees.

Amtrak says it will comply with the order.

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