At least six passengers on board a train on the Great Belt route in Denmark were killed this morning when high winds blew cases of beer from a passing freight train into their passenger cars. The beer was being transported in curtain-sided trailers on flat cars. It is believed that the winds ripped open the trailers.That might be another reason North American passenger rail cars are as sturdy as they are, and the inter-box connectors that secure the upper container atop the lower container are as robust as they are.
SHIFTING LOADS ARE DANGEROUS.
It can happen on the railroads. Sometimes, it's a coil of steel that tangles with a passenger train, and sometimes, it's a container loaded with beer.