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High speed train crash

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I sure had to laugh on how they described that accident; The "high speed?" train crashed in a "30 MPH zone" the highest speed was 80 MPH. What a laugh. The TGV ( Tres Grande Vitesse) in France is the real thing as well in some other advanced countries. In this case again it shows that the US is running about 20 or more years behind . In France there are no 30 MPH tracks on the TGV route; the high speed is about 150MPH. at certain stretches. Also the train itself has "claws" which prevents the train from leaving the track . Railroad engineering in this country is still way behind, let alone repairing the infrastructure for it, for which there is no money in the Trump reign. In FL you can't even go by train from Naples to Orlando; there is an old railroad track from the time Edison and Ford had their estates here; all rusting away. Sure; where does this make America great again; sorry this country is an total joke!!
  • Independent
    Washington
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    I live within 25 miles of this accident, and use to drive that section of freeway everyday. The most recent reporting is that training was occuring at the time, and its possible the senior conductor was distracted by the training issues. Also, he might not have aware, or forgot, that the automatic speed reduction system had not been activated yet.

    yes, we are decade behind europe, but it seems more like centuries. I wish i had a better understanding of why because there is no reason why we can't adopt proven technology being used elsewhere in the world.

  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    We here in Philly had a similar train accident by which the conductor hit the curve going way to fast , several people died and quite a few injured, my question then and also towards this latest accident is, Why would a trained conductor go into a curve way to fast to sustain traction, forget speed reduction devices,somewhere along the line some common sense must prevail. The politicians and various talking heads on the so=called news channels will lay cause on everything but the lack of common sense.
  • Independent
    Washington
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    It likely to be a perfect storm. ie, the warning system failed, and the backup warning system was down for repair; the conductor was distracted by another malfunctioning system that gave him tunnel vision, and the second on command was in the restroom, the third in command reported high speed to the conductor, but conductor did hear what was said, and then when the conductor understood they were traveling too fast, it was too late, etc, etc.