I really have to wonder if this isn’t a robot train with no engineer (Wall Street Companies love to replace expensive pilots and engineers with automation that can’t unionize) This is the second oil train crash I’ve read about with no fatalities and also no survivors mentioned. In a third accident in as many years the company claimed the engineer stepped off to make a phone call and the train took off by itself. Very fishy. But on these two on the same track there’s no interest in who was in control of this thing. In the past the sensationalist media always attempts to determine if the engineer had been drinking or got enough sleep, etc. DOT rules require the engineer to be drug and alcohol tested right after the crash. If he survived, then what are the results of the drug and alcohol tests???
Nada this time. No interest by the media in who was driving these derailed oil trains. In other words, no blame game anymore.
Something’s not right.
If this was an air crash, we’d already know the Captain’s name by now.
Same thing with the Canadian crash saturday:
A train carrying crude oil derailed in northern Ontario, Canada late Saturday night, spilling oil and causing a fire.
Twenty-nine of the 100 cars on the train went off the track near Timmins, Ontario, and seven of those cars were still on fire as of Sunday afternoon. The derailment prompted Canadian National Railway Co. to close its main rail line, a decision that could end up causing a delay in oil shipments in eastern Canada. That delay would add to the disruption Canada’s rail industry is currently experiencing due to the weekend strike of 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway workers, who are at odds with their company over wages and benefits.
The CBC reports that an “unknown amount” of oil spilled from the train, which derailed in a remote, wooded region. The derailed train had most recently been inspected on Saturday, the day the track was also inspected. The derailment caused no injuries, and officials are working to clean up the derailment site and determine the cause of the accident.
“There is a fire at the scene,” Canadian National’s Patrick Waldron said. “CN has initiated its emergency response plan and has crews responding to the site. That includes firefighting and environmental crews and equipment.”
The derailment is just one of many that have occured in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, as oil producers increasingly rely on rail to transport crude. According to a ForestEthics report from last year, oil train traffic in North America has surged by 4,000 percent over the last five years — traffic that’s mostly coming from North Dakota’s Bakken region and Alberta’s tar sands. With this increase in traffic, oil train accidents have also increased.
In 2013, an oil train derailed and exploded in the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying the town’s center. The tragic event reignited calls for improved safety measures in the oil-by-rail industry. The train that derailed in Lac-Mégantic was carrying oil from the Bakken region, which studies have confirmed is more volatile than other types of crude. And the types of cars in the train that derailed are older and more prone to puncture. In September, environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation over its failure to discontinue the cars.
The fourth article with no one at the wheel…???