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Emergency personnel investigate the crash site of Amtrak Palmetto train 89 on April 3, 2016 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Emergency personnel investigate the crash site of Amtrak Palmetto train 89 on April 3, 2016 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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Backhoe in Amtrak wreck had periodic right to be on tracks

A backhoe operator had a right to be on the tracks periodically on the weekend an Amtrak train slammed into it, killing the operator and a supervisor, federal crash investigators said Monday.

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Emergency personnel investigate the crash site of Amtrak Palmetto train 89 in Chester, PA
Emergency personnel investigate the crash site of Amtrak Palmetto train 89 in Chester, PA (Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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Officials: Amtrak engineer hit brakes seconds before crash

The engineer of an Amtrak passenger train applied the emergency brakes five seconds before it struck a backhoe sitting on the same track, killing the backhoe operator and a track supervisor, federal officials said.

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Emergency personnel investigate the crash site of Amtrak Palmetto train 89 in Chester, PA
Emergency personnel investigate the crash site of Amtrak Palmetto train 89 in Chester, PA (Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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Amtrak to run as scheduled Monday after deadly derailment

Amtrak said its trains will run as regularly scheduled Monday, as federal officials investigate the deadly derailment outside Philadelphia after a train struck heavy equipment on the tracks.

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Amtrak train involved in a derailment south of Philadelphia
Amtrak train involved in a derailment south of Philadelphia (Glenn R. Hills Jr via Twitter @GlennHills)
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2 dead, Amtrak suspends Northeast Corridor service after derailment

Amtrak service was suspended Sunday morning between New York and Philadelphia after a train hit a backhoe on the tracks south of Philadelphia, killing two people, according to reports.

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NJ Transit train at the Hamilton Station (Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media NJ)
NJ Transit train at the Hamilton Station (Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ Transit train fatally strikes person near Princeton Junction

The incident shut down the Northeast Corridor in both directions between Trenton and New Brunswick and the Princeton Dinky for about 40 minutes.

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Railroad Crossing Sign with Rainbow lighting
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New federal funding for Northeast rail brings optimism

A $19 million line item in the new federal budget that's dedicated to much-needed improvements and modernization along the Northeast Rail Corridor is being praised as a "foot in the door" for possibly more federal funding.

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Amtrak Resumes Service On Busy Northeast Corridor After Deadly Train Crash
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Train safety system is installed along Northeast Corridor

Safety technology that can prevent crashes like a deadly passenger train derailment in May has been activated on Amtrak tracks between Philadelphia and New York.

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Hamilton NJ Transit station
Hamilton NJ Transit station (Dan Alexander,Townsquare Media NJ)
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Man struck by NJ Transit train sustains head injury

Man struck by NJ Transit train sustains head injury.

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Amtrak Crash Broken Corridor
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Rail officials release Northeast Corridor impact study

The environmental impacts of a large-scale transformation of the Northeast Corridor rail line would be greatly outweighed by an eventual decrease in energy usage and greenhouse gas production, as well as an increase in economic activity and mobility, a draft environmental report released Tuesday concluded.

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NJ Transit passengers board in Hamilton
NJ Transit passengers board in Hamilton (Federal Railroad Administration)
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Northeast Corridor rail upgrades in the works

The federal government held an open house session in Newark on Thursday to lay out its vision for a better and more reliable Northeast Corridor rail service.

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