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When Trains Crash

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I saw this article and it got me thinking.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&e=5&u=/ap/20030620/ap_on_re_us/train_derails

A few years ago as we were debating construction of a new community building one of the council members continually raised the issue of a train derailing and killing a bunch of senior citizens. (One might counter that they are old and going to die soon anyway, so what's the point, but I digress.) A train did derail there once, so I guess he figured it could happen again. In another community in which I worked, they still speak of the great wreck. It happened in the 1860's.

Sometimes I think it is a bit of nonsense. But then a few years ago a train took out a cheese factory in Wuyawega. And now there are stories like this one. A train travels thirty miles and they can't do anything to stop it? It doesn't seem like they bothered to notify anyone, either.
 

Zoning Goddess

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Maybe they never passed algebra, y'know, the train leaves the station at 2 p.m., the conductor's hat is green, what time will it derail?

Seriously, they are so lucky nobody was killed. I did read in the paper that there was a suggestion to hook an engine to stop the cars, but they got out of the yard before anyone could get permission to try it.
 

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Weyauwega, WI
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cheese factory

Imagine that :)

I'll bet the governor declared a state of emergency ;)

Just kidding...
 
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