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What Could Have Prevented the Washington Train Crash?

If you’ve been following the news lately, chances are you heard about the devastating train crash that recently occurred up in Washington state. If you haven’t, here’s a summary: in mid-December, Amtrak Cascades 501 was making its inaugural journey from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon when it entered a curved overpass at 80mph. The curve had a posted speed limit of 30mph. As the train entered the curve, it jumped the track, sending the front engine and several passenger cars over the edge of the overpass, some into the rush hour traffic passing below. Over 100 people suffered injuries and at least three died in the accident. Speed was likely the primary cause of the train crash. Could something have been done to prevent the train from speeding into the curve? Positive Train Control: Could It Have Saved Amtrak Cascades 501? Positive train control (PTC) is a system that utilizes…
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Is Fatigue Causing Train Accidents in the United States?

In September 2015, two Union Pacific Railroad trains collided near Texarkana. The collision occurred at a diamond crossing of two subdivisions. Two of the striking train’s locomotives derailed and seven cars on the struck train derailed. Around 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled. Shockingly, only two people suffered injuries, both crewmembers of the striking train. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the accident likely happened because the westbound train’s crew members failed to respond to signals that required them to slow and stop the train before reaching the interlocking. The crew members were unable to provide detailed recollections of the moments leading up to the accident. The NTSB postulates that both crew members on the striking train fell asleep operating the train. Positive train control, a new safety system for trains, could probably have prevented the accident. Fatigue in the Rail Industry The demands of the rail…
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Did a Bus Driver’s Mistake Cause a Deadly Bus-Train Wreck?

The SunHerald recently updated the story involving the deadly bus-train wreck that took place a few weeks back. Per the report in the SunHerald, the driver behind the wheel of the tour bus at the time it collided with the train may have taken a detour from the approved route provided to him by the tour company prior to the fatal incident. Could This Fatal Bus-Train Wreck Have Been Avoided? According to the SunHerald, while it has been revealed that the bus driver did not follow the approved route, investigators are still unsure why he took the detour. The original route would have avoided the railroad crossing where the fatal bus-train wreck occurred. The railroad crossing had a history of incidents involving vehicles becoming stuck, which is what happened to the bus before the train crashed into it. Reportedly, the tour bus company texted the driver the directions. However, the…
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