by Lake County News-Chronicle
December 5, 2013 at 8:47 am in Lake County News-Chronicle
An ore train derailed in Two Harbors early Thursday afternoon and two injuries were reported, Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson told the News Tribune. Continue Reading
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2 basic questions:
first, the story reported 107 cars in the train, yet these trains are made up with mini-quads in groups of four cars. An expected car count would be divisible by four, so why not 108 cars instead of 107?
second, an ordinary crew is two people, yet the story refers to four people. Were the other two people student crew? If one of these was a student engineer, would that person have been at the throttle?
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1. The cars that were involved with this accident are new CN cars, not DM&IR cars, and they’re not miniquads. Miniquads probably wouldn’t have left the rail.
2. Extra crew members could be deadheading — getting a ride because their hours of service are done and they need to be brought back to the yard.
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Well, you answered my questions. Good. Couldn’t the paper have had this information in its story? It is pertinent, in a community with a long railroad history. These are questions that would want some answers.
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It’s hard to get answers out of CN, but in the latest DNT story, CN confirms that the crew members were deadheading. The company doesn’t want to put out any more information than it has to, because of the ongoing investigation.
It would be nice, however, if the newspapers would reach out to employee representatives as well, to balance the coverage a little bit. On the other hand, they are likely to not talk a lot either, simply because of the ongoing investigation.
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