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Now that the initial clamor is over, first let say my prayers goes out to the families of the deceased and the injured of this horrific accident but more to my point, it appears again the media in their rush to be first made several factual errors,#1 they first reported that the train hit something , another box car, CSX to be exact, turned out to be false,then of course it was the inevitable engineer error, but they could not find him ,he was among the injured, they then moved on to safety and the infrastructure, AHA! There was to be a vote at the very next session of congress on funding for Amtrak, a lot of questions asked , but no answers but there was a lot of posturing and tossing of blame around ,all this while the body count was still growing,then the conversation shifted to a type of safety device that if installed would have prevented this accident, problem was the device was installed just not at this curve yet,more questions again no answers, bonus programs ( money) paid to Amtrak Executives instead of fixing the infrastructure questioned but no answers again. The media was running out of steam then it was back to the engineer, who by this time had retained a Lawyer thru his union, and the media was off and running , why did he need a lawyer, that was a dumb question, were there criminal charges pending ,,then the media turned to the NTSB who were giving press briefing every six hours or so and tried questioning the official to give a good sound byte, but to no avail,then the press corps were frantic to find a victim or family member to interview , damn the personal pain and conflicts of having their loved ones being treated in a strange city far from home with the family members searching for lodging while they wait for the outcome of either the surgeries or worse, the confirmation that their loved one was not coming home, now we have more information that the engineer may been struck by a foreign object thrown at the train causing him to black out and not able to apply the brakes in time. My point is as always , wait until all of the facts are in before reporting what you ( the press) perceived to be the truth of the matter, it is called a Rush to Judgment, stop it and stop all the needless pain and strife for the victims and their survivours.