This week in the Philadelphia metro area accident and legal news report, we discuss a head-on collision involving a Philadelphia school bus, a fiery 9-vehicle accident in Montgomery County, and a new federal report regarding the fatal Delaware County Amtrak accident of April 2016.
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Car And School Bus In Philadelphia Head-On Collision
A car and a school bus were involved in a head-on collision in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia on Tuesday. The accident occurred around noon on Delaware Ave, near the intersection of Venango Street.
At least one person in the car was injured. The vehicle had severe front-end damage.
No children were on the school bus at the time of the accident. The cause is still unknown.
1 Killed, Several Injured In 9-Vehicle Accident In Chester County
One person was killed and several others were injured in a 9-vehicle accident on Route 202 in Chester County on Saturday. The accident resulted in a fiery explosion, with clouds of black smoke filling the sky and visible from miles away. The highway was shut down in both directions for several hours.
The accident occurred at around 12:30 p.m., just before a football game at nearby West Chester University. A tractor-trailer was the vehicle that burst into flames after flipping onto its side. A 38-year old Malvern man was on his way to the football game at his alma mater when the tractor-trailer crashed into his vehicle – he did not survive.
Neighbors told NBC 10 that this is one of several deadly accidents to occur on the same stretch of Route 202. Some believe the speed limit should be lowered.
Federal Report Cites Safety Lapses, Lack Of Equipment As Causes Of Amtrak Accident
Federal safety investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled that systemic safety issues at Amtrak were the root cause of an accident involving a passenger train and backhoe, which killed two people and injured 39 in Delaware County in April 2016.
The investigators found that Amtrak workers at the train accident site did not have the required safety equipment for steering trains around repair work. They also found 20 cultural safety lapses, such as no job briefing at the construction site before the trains were allowed back onto the track. According to the board, fixing any one of these 20 safety lapses may have prevented the crash.
Other safety issues cited in the report include improper track closures, lack of work briefings, a lack of shunts, and the use of cellphones for work calls. Three workers also tested positive for drugs following the accident – including opioids, cocaine, and marijuana.
The report also outlined how a hostile relationship between Amtrak management and unions created a culture of fear among workers, who would not report violations of safety rules for fear of termination.