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NTSB: Train going 106 mph in 110 mph zone

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 5, 2016 2:53 AM
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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)

(Chester) -- Federal investigators say the Amtrak passenger train that crashed into a backhoe on a track in Delaware County was going 106 mph in a 110 mph zone before the fatal collision. 

The National Transportation Safety Board says the engineer placed the train into emergency mode five seconds before impact. 

NTSB investigator Ryan Frigo says videos show construction equipment on the track in Chester and a contractor's equipment on the adjacent track Sunday morning.

He says he cannot say who was authorized to be on the track. 

The track workers killed are being identified by the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office as 61-year-old backhoe operator Joseph Carter Jr. of Wilmington, Delaware, and 59-year-old Peter Adamovich of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.

Autopsies conducted Monday show they died of blunt force trauma. 

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