Xinhau gets it right

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/29/c_132415083.htm

Or at least they didn’t get it wrong.

Every major news service has the main fact of the train derailment near Baltimore wrong. The train did not hit the truck – the truck drove into the side of the train at an unprotected private crossing.

Why would a truck in broad daylight drive right into the side of a moving train?

Clue #1) There is a large rail yard just to the South of the grade crossing

Clue #2) The truck hit the cars near the end of the train

Clue #3) The train was headed for Georgia, yet the derailed cars were North of the point of the collision

The train was backing up through the crossing and the truck driver would not have seen a locomotive nor realized the train was backing up. At a public crossing, the train’s crew is required to stop short of the intersection, and a flagman prevent vehicles from entering the crossing – but this was not a public road.

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2 Responses to Xinhau gets it right

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    I didn’t check my local paper, they are likely to report that the train swerved and hit the truck. 😉

    • Art Stone says:

      The Baltimore Sun at least got the fact right that the truck hit the train. The disturbing part (and maybe why the big media made their assumption was the NTSB people saying they expected the camera on the locomotive to show details of the accident…. Only if the camera is pointing backward

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