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Re: Head on Crash
Posted by Charles W on 2/5/2018, 6:23 am, in reply to "Re: Head on Crash"
From what I saw in the news, the other site and Trainorders, there was a signal suspension on the line I question, which means the Amtrak train was operating in dark territory (similar to what the Mt Clemens sub used to be). There's been a lot of discussion as to what speed they should have been going in dark territory on TO (and there's easily half a dozen threads about the wreck over there). From all the time I've spent listening to trains arriving from/departing down the Mt Clemens sub, the one thing that was constant was mention of the switches being "lined and locked".
In this case, the switch was also lined and locked- for the siding. Somewhere it was reported a padlock was found on the switch, and that the switch had been thrown for the siding. Who put the lock on it hadn't been determined the last I checked.
The NTSB has the P42's black box in Washington DC. It'll be interesting to see what they find. I wouldn't want to be responsible for watching/listening to the last several seconds of what went on in the cab though.
I'd think the investigation will wind up being pretty cut and dry. There are a lot of questions to be asked and answered, but unless someone tampered with the switch after the CSX crew tied down their train, I can't see why it would take 2 years to figure out who's responsible. Sadly, this is apparently in the same neighborhood as the Graniteville incident that happened several years ago (approximately 50 miles away).
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