10.10.16

500 DEAD IN TRAIN WRECK.

I'd have to search the archives for a while to find evidence of a fatal train wreck with that sort of death toll.  But on the roads, it's business as usual, writes editor Jim Wrinn of Trains Magazine.
Just today, I read that the U.S. is on target to see an increase in traffic fatalities for the second year in a row. Just in the first half of 2016, more than 17,000 people have died in traffic accidents. That is 34 500-passenger commuter trains smashing themselves to pieces and taking every life on board with them.
That's part of a reflection on press coverage of last week's commuter train overrunning the bumper at Hoboken Terminal, where at least one national source confused the absence of positive train control on the train with the absence of an automatic brake??

I've grumbled over the years about the sloppy reporting that frequently accompanies coverage of economics, or of railroading.  Why can't the rest of the press corps be as knowledgeable about the subjects they cover as the sports reporters?

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