PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Congressman Robert Brady visited Good Day Philadelphia Monday morning to discuss Sunday’s Amtrak train partial derailment that killed two workers and injured many others.
Brady arrived on the scene after all of the passengers had been transported away from the train, including those who had to be admitted to area hospitals.
The two workers who died as a result of the derailment were Amtrak veterans. One had worked for the company for 20 years, and the other for 40 years – he had been planning to retire soon.
An Amtrak train struck a piece of heavy equipment just south of Philadelphia on Sunday causing a derailment, killing the two workers and sending more than 30 passengers to hospitals.
Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, at about 8 a.m. when it hit a the equipment that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia, officials said. The impact derailed the lead engine of the train that was carrying more than 300 passengers and seven crew members.
This derailment comes almost a year after an Amtrak train originating from Washington D.C. bound for New York City derailed in Philadelphia. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured in the May 12 crash. The exact cause of that crash is still under investigation, but authorities have said the train had been traveling twice the speed limit.