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Family sues Amtrak over death of rail worker struck by train

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 2, 2016 2:18 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) -- A lawyer filing suit over a fatal Amtrak crash near Philadelphia blames a ``colossal miscommunication'' for the deaths of two rail workers struck by a train traveling at 106 mph.

Lawyers filed a negligence lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the family of one victim, 61-year-old Joe Neal Carter Jr. of Wilmington, Delaware.

The lawyers say Carter was operating a backhoe on a Sunday overtime shift when the Amtrak passenger train struck him.

The precise cause of the April 3 crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

But lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi says he hopes to determine how ``a colossal miscommunication ... killed two men.''

The other worker killed was Carter's supervisor, 59-year-old Peter Adamovich, of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.

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