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Train derailment

Postby codguy » December 18th 2017, 12:48pm

This morning near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

http://www.businessinsider.com/amtrak-t ... on-2017-12
Horrific.


My brother-in-law's last day at work today, retiring tomorrow as a Fire Chief at JBLM. Says it will be a long day today and into tomorrow for him.
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Re: Train derailment

Postby conjurer » December 18th 2017, 12:52pm

Six dead and over eighty injured, according to the AP.
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Re: Train derailment

Postby TemerityB » December 18th 2017, 1:22pm

Since this is a tragedy, I will refrain from any editorial comments whatsoever. I've read about four different reports on this - some said it was the first run ever of a new line. Passengers were being handed this today as they boarded.

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Re: Train derailment

Postby Mark1 » December 18th 2017, 2:46pm

From picture I saw online it looks like it derailed at that bridge over I5 near the Ft. Lewis golf course. I was considering a trip to Lacey to Cabela's today but I'd bet traffic is a mess anywhere near there.
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Re: Train derailment

Postby artman » December 18th 2017, 3:40pm

Sad. I remember riding the Amtrak as a kid from California to Washington and I've loved trains ever since.
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Re: Train derailment

Postby codguy » December 18th 2017, 4:00pm

Mark1 wrote:From picture I saw online it looks like it derailed at that bridge over I5 near the Ft. Lewis golf course. I was considering a trip to Lacey to Cabela's today but I'd bet traffic is a mess anywhere near there.


Yep, that's the bridge.
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Re: Train derailment

Postby biglove » December 18th 2017, 6:37pm

Just saw the news. Hoping none here affected, save traffic hassles.

How can Amtrak continue to fuxor up train safety when trains are one of the safest forms of transport worldwide?
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Re: Train derailment

Postby bedlam » December 18th 2017, 8:24pm

biglove wrote:Just saw the news. Hoping none here affected, save traffic hassles.

How can Amtrak continue to fuxor up train safety when trains are one of the safest forms of transport worldwide?

Using private contractors in the construction?
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Re: Train derailment

Postby gerdson » December 19th 2017, 4:32am

Rubbish, Carl. The train did go too fast. Of course one might question how a new built track can not handle a train speed of 60 mph. I mean, it is the 21st century after all.

But that has nothing to do with private contractors.
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Re: Train derailment

Postby Datsun240Z71 » December 19th 2017, 4:33am

The authorities say the black box indicates the train was doing 80 mph around a 30 mph curve.

Bad first day. 3 dead, 72 injured of 85 passengers at last report this morning.
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Re: Train derailment

Postby bedlam » December 19th 2017, 5:24am

gerdson wrote:Rubbish, Carl. The train did go too fast. Of course one might question how a new built track can not handle a train speed of 60 mph. I mean, it is the 21st century after all.

But that has nothing to do with private contractors.

Dude, it was sarcasm.
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Re: Train derailment

Postby Wasp » December 19th 2017, 7:04am

The inevitable statement from the operator. "I can't remember anything"
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Re: Train derailment

Postby conjurer » December 19th 2017, 8:05am

As is usual these days, when the shit hits the fan, the first responders responded magnificently, from all over the area, including, according to survivors and news reports, plenty of servicemen and women from JBLM, who greatly assisted with helping those terribly injured.

Many of those injured were transported to Madigan Army Medical Center, just out of Lakewood, Washington (near where I used to work.) I had the honor of serving many of the doctors and nurses who worked there at my old store, and I can easily say that there are no better trauma sawbones than these, many of whom are combat veterans.
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Re: Train derailment

Postby gerdson » December 19th 2017, 8:58am

bedlam wrote:
gerdson wrote:Rubbish, Carl. The train did go too fast. Of course one might question how a new built track can not handle a train speed of 60 mph. I mean, it is the 21st century after all.

But that has nothing to do with private contractors.

Dude, it was sarcasm.


Dude, then use an emoj. You always appear so dead serious. :mrgreen:
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