Family sues Amtrak over death of rail worker struck by train

AP News
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.

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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.