Family sues Amtrak over death of rail worker struck by train

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Posted: Jun 02, 2016 1:52 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer suing 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.

An Amtrak spokeswoman says it can't comment on the pending lawsuit.