Cynical Synapse

Sun, 30 Aug 2009

Train Cam of Crash that Killed 5

Filed under: Behavior, Cars, Driving, Life, People, Railroads, Safety — cynicalsynapse @ 2:11 pm

Five metro Detroit kids, aged 14-21, lost their lives on July 9th. This tragedy happened because the driver was trying to beat the train. As the video shows at the 0:12 mark, the kids never had a chance. Nor did the Amtrak engineer have any warning of what was about to happen. A conductor discovers the tragic outcome at 2:25.

It’s simple physics: a 530-ton train, with steel wheels on steel rails, going 70 mph takes a long time to stop. And a 2-ton car is no match for the train.

HT: theblogprof

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