Posted By Kathleen David on January 27, 2005
Yesterday I took Caroline out to play in the snow. It was the first time she has been old enough and it was not so bitter cold that she shouldn
As I said on Peter’s post, those gloves are ADORABLE!
I don’t know much about trains but I’m curious as to why the conductor didn’t see a Jeep Cherokee in the middle of the tracks? Wasn’t there enough time to do an emergency brake rather than plow right into it?
It takes a train a long time to stop even at slow speeds. Even assuming that it was a straight track for up to a mile (which isn’t likely) by the time the engineer (Conductors are in the back) recognizes the danger, by the time he even applies the brakes he’s probably traveled a quarter to half and mile and by the time he stops he’ll have traveled at least half a mile. Now we can assume, since the train derailed, something not likely to happen at low speeds and on straight tracks that the train was traveling rather fast and the track was curved. Now I can’t say for sure about the speed, but I saw video of the derailed train and the track was curved, so the engineer didn’t see the Jeep until the last possible moment.
I guess that explains it. Very sad. What if a passenger pulled the emergency brake? Would that have helped?
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