Comments for: Quebec train set too few brakes, engineer “under police control”

Posted July 11, 2013, at 8:11 a.m.
Last modified July 11, 2013, at 1:03 p.m.

The handbrake is the railroad industry’s ultimate fail-safe mechanism. It is supposed to help avert disasters like the one that engulfed a Canadian town on Saturday, when a runaway train loaded with oil hurtled downhill, derailed and exploded, leaving 50 people dead or missing. The railroad initially blamed the catastrophe …

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