October 2, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Metrolink Train Crash – Was Distracted Driving the “Cause”?

Two previous blog posts have discussed the Metrolink accident:

http://www.taproot.com/content/2008/09/16/railroad-crash-corrective-action-is-advanced-technology-the-right-answer-to-add-additional-safeguards-to-improve-rail-safety/

http://www.taproot.com/content/2008/09/13/metrolink-union-pacific-freight-trains-collide-in-california/

A current Associate Press story continues to push the idea that a distracted train engineer is the “cause” of the accident. It seems that 20 seconds before the accident, he sent a text message.

This doesn’t answer the question I posed in a previous post:

” Why is a single human action safeguard the only thing
between life and death of hundreds of passengers?”

Don’t forget, all safeguards are fallible. Sometimes multiple safeguards are a must to protect human life.

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