To: the OlLine Rebel
In the story I saw yesterday on this, there was some speculation about whether the two unfortunate women who perished might have somehow caused the incident. The emergency brakes on the train were apparently applied automatically, causing the derailment ... and there was no clear indication of what could have triggered that.
posted on 08/23/2012 2:55:01 AM PDT
by Alberta's Child
("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
To: Alberta's Child
They’ve been mentioning that a lot, but I find it hard to believe.
My dad would know more, but even falling backward over the rails shouldn’t cause brakes to apply. 120 lbs is a joke to a train and it wouldn’t stop soon enough, anyway. Besides, the engine appeared to be just east of the caboose, which is only some 500 ft beyond the bridge they illegally and stupidly sat on. Brakes probably applied much further west.
It’s very possible it could be bad equipment - cracked wheel, etc. They’ve already replaced the rails so maybe it’s not poor track.
I just can’t imagine what those women would do that would cause the train to fall.
posted on 08/23/2012 1:05:27 PM PDT
by the OlLine Rebel
(Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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