Friday, June 26, 2009

Track circuit anomaly possible cause of accident

Hundreds of people ride the train on a daily basis. Trains have now become a cheap and convenient way of going from one place to another. Consequently, the risk of having higher casualties in case of accident is imminent now that more commuters patronize it.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis (FRAOSA), about 2, 500 train accidents have been reported in the second half of 2009.

Added to the statistics was the incident happened when a Washington Metrorail train smashed into another subway train. The tragic incident killed 9 people.

In a recent development, Debbie Hersman National Transportation Safety Board investigator said that they were considering track circuit anomaly. In the crash area, there were 6 track circuits. The sixth circuit appeared to be anomalous. She refused to elaborate on the alleged anomaly.

Train accidents are often caused by equipment failure, collisions with other trains, train derailment and human error. FRAOSA’s records reveal that from January to March 2009, there have been 318 derailments, 137 track-causing accidents, 39 collisions, 149 human errors and 77 equipment-causing accidents.

The basic thing is, regardless of the cause of the train accident, personal injury claims and lawsuits could be filed against the parties at fault to help the victims and their loved ones receive compensation.