Thursday, June 30, 2011

Amtrak train crash: Near miss nine months earlier missed scrutiny

Nine months before Friday’s deadly crash between a truck and an Amtrak passenger train on U.S. 95, another truck, with brakes smoking, stopped just short of slamming into an Amtrak train at that same site, but the federal agency that regulates highway-rail crossings did not know about that near miss.
Jack Rice, an Amtrak engineer piloting the train heading west at 7 a.m. Sept. 14, 2010, said it was one of four or five close calls he experiences every year at that U.S. 95 crossing.
“It’s one of the bad ones,” he said Wednesday of the intersection. Continued

1 comment:

  1. As the article states, that is a terrible crossing. Drivers cannot see that they are going to crossing an active railroad line until they are too close for it to make a difference.

    In addition, it appears that Nevada allows bad drivers to keep commercial drivers licenses, endangering the public.