World's dumbest rail-related headline

Posted by Fred Frailey
on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

OnlineJournal.com is a web-based news service that says it has, since 1998, provided “accurate news, analysis, and commentary on the topics that matter most.” I’m not sure about “accurate,” having read the title put above the story. Following is story that appeared. Your thoughts?


Amtrak Collision Avoided But Freight Trains Collide, Killing 2
Apr 18, 2011, 12:08 by John Steele

A coal train rear-ended a train carrying maintenance equipment on Sunday, leaving two dead and shutting down the tracks used by Amtrak trains.

Both trains were eastbound on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway with two-man crews for the entire run. Both members of the coal train team were killed. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has not released the names of the crew members killed or the cause of the collision.

The coal train was heading from Wyoming to Chicago and then from Chicago to an east-coast utility. The train collided with the rear car of a train carrying 34 cars of maintenance equipment belonging to the railroad from Nebraska to Iowa. The accident occurred about 7 a.m. in McPherson, about 45 miles southeast of Council Bluffs.

Derailed cars from both trains fell to their sides, scattering maintenance equipment in all directions. In all, 10 cars were derailed and the crash started a fire that damaged both locomotives.

According to the Associated Press, Amtrak released a statement announcing that service is still running on its California Zephyr route, which runs between San Francisco and Chicago, but travelers are being transported by bus around the affected track. The bus service is between Galesburg, Ill., and Omaha, Neb.
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