Train Technology Prevented Misfortune in Southern California

Published Date : Feb 24, 2015

If the fiery wreck on Tuesday that included a passenger train and a pickup in Southern California had happened five years ago, many people would have been wounded, and many might have died, officials with the commuter service stated.

Some of the Metro-link cars in the collision were set with crashes energy management technology implemented after a 2008 Chatsworth, California, crash between a freight train and a Metro-link commuter train that left 25 people dead. No one died in this wreck, which happened before sunrise when the driver of a produce truck allegedly mistook the train tracks for the road and tried to turn onto them. But at least 30 people were injured, including four in critical condition.

The train cars are relatively new and the safety features are much better at absorbing the impact of a crash than older trains. They can safely say that the technology worked, Mr. Jeff Lustgarten, Metro-link spokesman told reporters. It minimized the effect of what a very serious collision. It would have been much worse without it.

The front end of the car that hit the truck is designed to crumple and disperse the energy of the collision, he said. The train cars are equipped with windows that emergency personnel can easily remove to evacuate passengers, he said. An hour after the crash, a vast majority of the passengers had been evacuated, and the injured were treated on the scene or transferred to hospitals.