When an accident happens, whether you’re looking at a car, bus, or train, the first question that needs to be answered is why. Why did this happen, and could this type of accident be prevented in the future?
An Amtrak train derailed in Cimarron, Kansas, setting the questions in motion. The engineer said that they noticed a significant bend in the rail and applied emergency brakes to slow the train as much as possible, but it was already too late to prevent the train from rolling over the bent rail.
The NTSB is taking a look into this accident that injured 32 (two of them critically). They are taking a look at the condition of the train as well as recordings which have been made of the track and the rails. Their concern is that an accident might have happened to bend the rails on the train.
The group who owns the track says that there weren’t any issues with the maintenance of the track itself and that it meets the guidelines of the Federal Railroad Administration.
The accident itself might exacerbate the fight over who gets to pay for upgrades in the technology and other means used to keep the tracks up to snuff. What happens?
If you’ve been injured in a train accent, give the Strong Arm a call and get us on your side. Train accidents can happen anywhere, even in Atlanta.