Track on Bridge Where Workers Will Killed Was Supposed to have Been Shut Down, NTSB Finds

A National Transportation Safety Board probe found that a track where two constructions workers were killed on a bridge linking Philadelphia with New Jersey was supposed to have been shut down.

The workers were struck by a PATCO train on the Ben Franklin bridge on Oct. 15.

An NTSB spokeswoman told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the incident occurred on Track 2, which was supposed to have been removed from service for a work window.

The incident occurred on a part of the bridge where there were close clearances. The track closure was to have taken place before the time when the workers entered that area.

The spokeswoman said the NTSB finding are preliminary.

PATCO trains using the bridge operate between Philadelphia and Lindenwold, New Jersey.

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