Family sues Amtrak over death of rail worker killed by train

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer filing suit over a fatal Amtrak crash near Philadelphia blames a “colossal miscommunication” for the deaths of two rail workers killed by a train traveling on the same track at 106 mph.

Lawyers have 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 at 106 miles per hour.

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.