Amtrak Sued for Wrongful Death of a worker who lost his life in a train accident near Chester PA on April 3. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the rail company.
Amtrak is being sued for the wrongful death of the 61 year-old man who was one of two men who died on the tracks in the early morning crash just north of the DE state line. According to the family’s attorney, the man was a 40 year Amtrak veteran who was working on a back hoe on a track he was led to believe was shut down and protected. However, the attorney continued, due to alleged lack of communication and alleged inappropriate safety policies, the man lost his life. The Amtrak worker was running a backhoe when a southbound Amtrak train came barreling down the track at 106 MPH. The train caught the worker and his colleague unaware on the track. They both were hit and died at the scene. The family has filed suit for all possible damages under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). The lawsuit questions the safety procedures of the rail company when maintenance is being done on a track. It cites a failure to follow the company’s own rules and federal regulations to ensure worker safety. Originally posted by Kevin Duffan of the Legal Examiner