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After the eastbound train came to rest, it was fouling the adjacent track, track 2, and was struck about 20 seconds later by the westbound train. Initial information from the event recorders indicate that the westbound train engineer applied the emergency brakes, slowing from 70 mph to 23 mph prior to striking the eastbound train.A lot of passengers can be very thankful the engineer of the westbound train was alert and very proactive and able to reduce speed to 23 mph upon impact. His quick action undoubtedly saved some lives. Remember, the engineer on the westbound said his only warning was seeing the catenary on Track 1 come down and seeing a huge dust cloud up ahead. He very alertly, and without hesitating, 'wiped the clock' as they used to say.
runningwithscalpels wrote:Six of the cars are back in service? I'm surprised by that. I thought both sets were totally off limits regardless of damage until the investigation is complete.Well, there were 16 cars involved and most of the westbound trains consist stayed on the rails and the head pair of the eastbound train wasn't that badly damaged by the derailment. That still leaves 10 cars being evaluated.