February 18, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident and Lessons Learned: Ooops! Rail Yard Locomotive Hits MARC Train Too Hard – 7 Injured

It was a bad day at the rail yard in DC.

An Amtrak MARC Train from Baltimore was still unloading passengers when an Amtrak rail yard locomotive decided to hook up to move the train for maintenance. Amtrak spokeswoman Katrina Romero said that the yard locomotive “…came in to fast.” One car of the train was derailed and 7 people were injured with bumps, bruises, and minor head/neck injuries.

What were the Safeguards that should have kept this from happening?

What Safeguards could be added to make this operation safer for passengers?

Leave comments to let me know what you think.

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