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Could Positive Train Control Have Prevented the Washington Train Derailment?

In late December, Amtrak Cascades 501 derailed on its maiden journey from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon. The accident killed at least three people and injured more than 100 others on a new route between the two cities. The train was moving at 80mph when it entered an overpass on a curve with a speed limit of 30mph. The train then jumped the tracks, with several of the passenger vehicles exiting the overpass and some falling into rush hour traffic on the road below. Could this accident have been prevented with positive train control (PTC)? What is Positive Train Control? PTC is a system that can automatically slow down or stop a train if it senses that the locomotive is moving too fast or could cause an accident. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, PTC is the single most important rail safety development in over a century. It uses GPS,…
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Worst Manmade Disasters in Nashville’s History, and Their Causes

Nashville has had its share of natural disasters in recent memory. From the great floods on 2010 to the tornado outbreak that blew out skyscraper windows downtown in 1998, our city has endured. But some disasters come about not as a result of bad weather, but due to mistakes made by people. Here is a short list of Nashville’s most devastating manmade disasters and what caused them. Nashville’s Manmade Disasters On November 5, 1912, the water reservoir on 8th south collapsed. Through a 175-foot hole came 25 million gallons of water roaring through South Nashville. Miraculously, no one died, though many homes were destroyed. The reservoir had apparently been crumbling and leaking for a while, but nothing was done to repair the damage. On March 22, 1916, a young boy was playing with a ball of yarn when it caught fire from a nearby stove. Panicked, the boy threw the…
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Unsafe Train Crossing Leads to Serious Injury in Bellevue

A Nashville man was seriously injured in late April when a train collided with his car during a morning drive. The man’s vehicle was pushed a quarter of a mile by the train. Security footage of the train crossing shows lights flashing at the intersection. Despite the lights, the driver showed no signs of slowing down. Fortunately, he is expected to survive. Locals near that train crossing have seen several train-car collisions at that spot in recent years. One resident pointed out that people unfamiliar with the area often don’t notice the train tracks. They have been asking for the city to install crossing arms for years, but so far, no action has been taken. Unsafe Train Crossings in Nashville Every day and a half in the United States, someone dies in a train-car collision. It is a common myth that these train accidents are always caused when a driver…
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