The Pain in Spain Occurred Mainly on the Train...

The Pain in Spain Occurred Mainly on the Train...

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    According to the news article with the video the train was moving at more than double the rated speed for that track. The maximum rated speed there is 80KPH/50MPH.
    The estimated speed of that train was 190KPH. Only a fool would take a bend like that at that speed.

    The engineer survived the crash. I have no sympathy for him at all. He'll have to answer for the lives of 80 or more victims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaSig View Post
    So glad you find humor in 80 people being tragically killed.
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    The train engineer is under arrest.

    I remember riding that train from Madrid to Santiago when my daughter was going to school at the University in Santiago. She's now in Madrid working on her MBA.

    She has a lot of friends in Santiago and I'm SO glad she wasn't on that train. It could have been her.
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    If initial reporting is correct ... Apparently, on the train systems there are some supposedly "fail-safe" mechanisms that should bar the possibility of excessive speed at slower sections of track. Speculation is that one of those mechanisms might have failed.

    And yet, according to another article, "The stretch of track on which the train was travelling did not have an automatic cab signalling system, which would have stopped it in the event of excessive speed, representatives of the engine drivers' union said."

    Some reports claim the driver "admitted to driving at 190 kilometres per hour on a curve where the speed limit was 80km/h," and that "The driver had boasted on Facebook that he sometimes defied controls by driving trains at 200km/h, the daily El Pais reported."


    There was another derailment back in 2006, in Spain, in which a subway train traveling at 2x the posted speed went off the tracks and 41 people were killed: click.
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    Just when I was beginning to consider train travel,,,, wouldn't you
    know it,,,, there are idiot engineers with death wishes who are lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Some reports claim the driver "admitted to driving at 190 kilometres per hour on a curve where the speed limit was 80km/h," and that "The driver had boasted on Facebook that he sometimes defied controls by driving trains at 200km/h, the daily El Pais reported."
    Sounds like this guy may now be wishing he were one of those killed in the crash..... His future, both criminally and civilly, will be a hell on Earth for the rest of his life.

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    What happened in Spain is a sad tragedy that took the lives of many people. I see no sense of humor in this. "OOPS" is a very distasteful way of expressing your sentiment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    The train engineer is under arrest.

    I remember riding that train from Madrid to Santiago when my daughter was going to school at the University in Santiago. She's now in Madrid working on her MBA.

    She has a lot of friends in Santiago and I'm SO glad she wasn't on that train. It could have been her.
    Betty, I'm so glad your daughter wasn't involved. You must have been worried until you found out exactly where she was.
    Even though the likelyhood she was on the train was probably slim...still...
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