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Chester Officials: Amtrak Crash ‘Painful, Tragic’

A day after Amtrak Train 89 slammed into a backhoe on tracks in Chester, Delaware County, little new information has been released about the circumstances […]

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Amtrak’s Second Sunday Accident Injures One

One person reportedly lost a leg Sunday night after being struck by an Amtrak train in Bensalem. It was Amtrak’s second serious accident of the […]

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Bob Brady: Miscommunication May Be to Blame for Amtrak Crash

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady spent several hours touring the wreckage of Amtrak Train 89 with officials on Sunday in Chester, Delaware County. After eyeing the […]

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Amtrak Train Derails After Striking Backhoe in Chester [UPDATED]

This is a developing story. UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer told reporters in New York that an Amtrak backhoe operator and a supervisor were the […]

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How Local Law Enforcement is Responding to the Brussels Attack

At a press conference held at SEPTA’s Market Street headquarters this morning, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel discussed plans to keep Philly commuters safe in the […]


Next Steps for 30th Street Area Revealed

On the heels of Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust announcing their joint plan to redevelop the area just west of 30th Street Station comes […]

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Here’s the NTSB’s Amtrak Derailment Injury Data

The National Transportation Safety Board has released extensive information regarding the injuries suffered by passengers in May’s Amtrak train derailment, which killed eight people. The […]

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The Cost of the Amtrak Derailment — Before Lawsuits

In the NTSB report released yesterday on the derailment of Amtrak 188, Amtrak put the cost of train damage at $27.14 million, plus a few […]

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NTSB: A Simple Signal Change Could Have Prevented Amtrak 188 Crash

Railroad engineers on Amtrak have three things that determine how fast their trains can go. One is the speed governor on the locomotive, which determines the […]

Robert J. Mongeluzzi (left) and Tom Kline - Amtrak 188 press conference
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Lawyers for Amtrak Crash Victims Rip Engineer’s Statements

Lawyers for 29 victims of last year’s derailment of Amtrak 188 say Brandon Bostian‘s statements, released today by the National Transportation Safety Board, are an […]

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VIDEO: NTSB Releases Images of the Amtrak 188 Derailment

The NTSB released its findings in the crash of Amtrak 188 today. There are interviews with the engineer and other crew members, and reams of very deep […]

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What We Know About the Amtrak 188 Crash, Based on the Interviews

“‘I don’t know if someone is shooting at us or throwing rocks, but I see it.’ After that, the horn started to go.” That’s how […]

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Here’s What Brandon Bostian Said in NTSB Interviews After the Crash of Amtrak 188

One of the last things Brandon Bostian remembers about the fateful trip of Amtrak Train 188 is this: Coming out of one of the final […]

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5 Takeaways From the Big Amtrak Derailment Story in the New York Times Magazine

The New York Times Magazine today has unveiled a long story examining last spring’s Amtrak derailment, the crash of train 188 at Philadelphia’s Frankford Junction […]

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FRA Has Plans for a Rail Tunnel Under Center City to the Airport

The Federal Railroad Administration, having come up with three plans for the future of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) came back to Philadelphia yesterday to gather public […]