Two CSX Workers Were Killed Near Union Station in Washington D.C.
Railroad workers do a dangerous job and suffer frequent injuries. On occasions, they lose their lives. I was saddened to read about how two CSX workers were killed near Union Station in Washington D.C.
Reports said the two men were struck by an Amtrak train as it approached Union Station in Washington, D.C.
A report on ABC News noted the victims were employees of CSX Transportation. The railroad later confirmed its workers were killed. An investigation is being carried out by Amtrak and the National Transportation Safety Board.
CSX Transportation issued a statement on Wednesday morning. It read:
"Our thoughts are with the families and friends of our employees. CSX management representatives responded to the scene to assist with the investigation of this tragic incident.”
My thoughts are with the families of those who died. This tragic accident raises many questions.
How Two CSX Workers Were Killed Near Union Station
Railroad authorities said the two CSX workers were hit on the railroad tracks close to the intersection of 9th Street and New York Avenue Northeast.
They were killed by Amtrak Train 175 which was heading from Boston via New York, as it approached Washington's Union Station at about 11:18 p.m. on Tuesday. No injuries were reported to the train's crew or 121 passengers.
Initially, an Amtrak spokesman suggested the two people who were hit were trespassing in the area.
The company has pledged to work with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and others bodies to review the incident. Amtrak said it was particularly saddened that the incident involved fellow railroaders employed by CSX.
Later Earl Wenner of the National Transportation Safety Board said the two employees were a conductor and a conductor being qualified. They had been aboard a CSX freight train traveling from Baltimore, Maryland. They were told to disembark and check the status of the train as part of a routine operation on the tracks.
The workers were struck by the train when they crossed onto an adjacent southbound track close to the intersection of 9th Street and New York Avenue, officials said.
This is not the first time in recent years that railroad workers have been killed by an Amtrak train.
In 2016, an Amtrak train hit a backhoe on the tracks with two workers on board near Philadelphia, killing them both.
The crash raised many questions about the adequacy of protections for railroad workers and the systems used by train operators. The backhoe had a right to be on the tracks at the time, The Chicago Tribune reported.
The latest incident in which two CSX workers were killed near Union Station in Washington D.C. will again raise questions about the safety of workers and who was liable. The tragedy points to a possible breakdown in communications between Amtrak and CSX.
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