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07-10-2013, 10:33 AM
Burke the Legend
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Best article I have seen explaining it

If I had to guess I would say that the engineer who went to bed did not properly engage enough manual breaks, the "securement test" the article mentions that is in the federal train operation regulations. Probably was tired of waiting for his replacement and just said f- it, left the engine on and went to his motel. The firefighters and MMA workers who showed up after probably assumed the manual breaks would hold train after they turned off engine, but didn't happen since the first guy was lazy and the train broke free.

Human negligence with tragic results when it speeds to 110 kph and derails + explodes in middle of a populated area of a town.

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