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There has been a railway accident in Hungary today. A commuter train crashed intoa stopped express train in a curve, with the former's driving trailer jumping on and razing the latter's last car (an at least sparsely occupied first-class car). 4 dead, 26 injured.

From what I know so far, it was a result of too many factors that just should not happen. Signals must have been out of order, probably cable thiefs. But in such cases, there are rules on how to drive the commuter train's driver (who allegedly survived unhurt) must have ignored them. (A similar driver irresponsibility led to another accident just two years ago.) I also have an inkling that the standard domestic renovated IC cars aren't up to the best crashworthiness standards -- telescoping shouldn't happen with state-of-the-art cars.

This together is a sign of thorough mismanagement. And to my surprise, indeed the transport minister, the boss of the state railway holding, as well as that of the oversight board resigned today.

(I note that I often do job-related travel on the express trains on that line -- travelling in the 1st-class-car...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Oct 6th, 2008 at 03:34:41 PM EST
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