Saturday, September 13, 2008
The second worst trainwreck in the history of the US happened yesterday afternoon in the Valley. Needless to say my trip up North to the Santa Barbara area is cancelled. However, considering that 18 people have lost their life and there are 135 injuries, some critical, I'm not complaining much. The death toll will no doubt rise before this is over. There were over 200 people on the train, and many are still unaccounted for.
The trains were on the same track on a collision course. This is NOT supposed to happen. I am hoping there is a tremendous outcry for an investigation.
Auntie Beeb has an article about the current situation here.
An insider (either a railroad worker or a train buff) put up a tribute video on YouTube. Apparently several people that "Coaster Mike" knew died in the tragedy.