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Amtrak Didn't Heed Work-Zone Speed Advice Before Fatal Crash

  • NTSB last year recommended Amtrak reduce speeds in work zones
  • Amtrak worker struck by train and killed last week in Maryland
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Five months ago, in a scathing report on a 2016 accident in which two track workers were killed, U.S. safety investigators urged Amtrak to slow its trains when they pass work crews.

The nation’s passenger rail service didn’t follow the advice and still hasn’t replied to the safety recommendations the National Transportation Safety Board announced in November, according to government records and details released from investigators.