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MerryBlooms

(11,568 posts)
Mon Jul 29, 2013, 01:17 PM Jul 2013

Breaking: Trains Collide In Switzerland, At Least 30 Injured


Two passengers trains collided head on in Switzerland today, injuring at least 30 people, the Tribune de Geneve reports. It's unclear if anyone was killed.

The accident happened near the exit of the train station in Granges-Marnand, in western Switzerland. One train was leaving and the other arriving, one passenger said.

Another witness told 24 Heures, "there are injuries, maybe even deaths given the violence of the collision.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/trains-collide-in-switzerland-2013-7#ixzz2aSZDptxd




Breaking: Trains Collide In Switzerland, At Least 30 Injured (Original Post) MerryBlooms Jul 2013 OP
What is with all the train wrecks? octoberlib Jul 2013 #1
Bus wreck in Italy JustAnotherGen Jul 2013 #3
Oops. You're right. I have trains on the brain. nt octoberlib Jul 2013 #6
No problem JustAnotherGen Jul 2013 #9
It seems every few days lately- planes and trains both. Awful. n/t MerryBlooms Jul 2013 #4
WTF is going on with all the train crashes? Train travel is exceedingly safe, and I'm annoyed Pretzel_Warrior Jul 2013 #2
I was wondering the same thing. :( n/t OneGrassRoot Jul 2013 #5
Would be interesting to find out if there are transportation cutbacks from Austerity policies. haele Jul 2013 #7
You bring up excellent points. MerryBlooms Jul 2013 #8

JustAnotherGen

(31,102 posts)
9. No problem
Mon Jul 29, 2013, 03:13 PM
Jul 2013

Panickec for a second. Except for my husband's younger brother and a few cousins - his family is all in Italy.

 

Pretzel_Warrior

(8,361 posts)
2. WTF is going on with all the train crashes? Train travel is exceedingly safe, and I'm annoyed
Mon Jul 29, 2013, 01:19 PM
Jul 2013

that this could be drummed into stupid shit talking points against adding more public transit in the U.S. which is WOEFULLY behind the curve in this regard.

haele

(12,390 posts)
7. Would be interesting to find out if there are transportation cutbacks from Austerity policies.
Mon Jul 29, 2013, 02:32 PM
Jul 2013

Anything from reduced maintenance on tracks, sensors, and vehicles, or added stress distracting the operators and support staff due of benefits or pay cuts.

Driving a train is high stress - you really need to concentrate and all your equipment, the tracks, and all the signaling/sensor devices need to be in top operating condition, because while an 18-wheeler truck or large bus crashing on the highway can cause equally horrific damage and death, it doesn't impact the overall infrastructure of that particular transportation system the way a train crash impacts on the rail system. The reason why there have been few horrific train crashes/derailments over the past 70 years or so is that rail operations have been so heavily regulated and overseen until very recently.

Haele

MerryBlooms

(11,568 posts)
8. You bring up excellent points.
Mon Jul 29, 2013, 02:41 PM
Jul 2013


Neglected infrastructure, staff cutbacks, aging machines, high stress, etc... yes, I would think it all factors in.
Very good points, Haele.
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