Railroad union leaders say a "perfect storm" of corporate changes at Amtrak is largely to blame for two workers being killed on tracks near Philadelphia.
In a letter sent Wednesday to Amtrak President Joe Boardman, maintenance-of-way and other union officials say employee training is inadequate and demand a change in the policy on "close call" reporting of dangerous incidents.
They say hazardous conditions exist on the main Northeast Corridor. [[374415721, C]]
In response, Amtrak says it's always working to improve the safety culture. It says the most effective way for that to happen is if management and union leaders work together.
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On April 2, an Amtrak train struck a backhoe south of Philadelphia, killing the equipment operator and a supervisor. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.