frmrCapCadet wrote:The rails had been inspected only two days before. It was in a pretty remote area, and a lot of volunteers assisted with the response. Rail blogs are pretty silent on speculation of causes. There are, every year, a number of derailments that seemingly happen because they happen. Besides rail failure there is equipment failure, or switching failure. As often is the case extracting the wounded can be very difficult. Train cars are huge, windows are almost unbreakable. Extension ladders, heavy equipment are often needed.
frmrCapCadet wrote:It was known to engineers who were regulars on that run. I don't believe the engineer that day was familiar with the line.
It references the Seattle Portland train wreck where an engineer was going 80 mph into a 30 mph curve - and practically totally exonerates the engineer. The curve is widely known, it occurs about 12 minutes after leaving Tacoma. A ten year old would have done better.
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