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Two CSX Workers Were Killed Near Union Station in Washington D.C.

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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.

two CSX workers were killed near Union Station

Two CSX Workers Were Killed Near Union Station

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.

If you have lost a loved one or been injured while working on the railroad, we would like to hear from you. I have worked on railroad worker accident cases across the United States for more than two-and-a-half decades. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

John Cooper


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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