Last week I posted about a derailment south of Louisville that had local residents out of their houses for almost a week. Fortunately there were no casualties. Since then there have been two major accidents resulting in deaths. Rather than derailments, these accidents involved vehicles and trains.
The first accident, which occurred last Sunday involved a parade and a freight train in Midland Texas. There were four deaths when the train plowed into the parade crossing the tracks. It seems the parade organizers were at fault. I understand that we have arrangements in place to prevent this type of accident in Parry Sound.
The second accident is more recent and has resulted in the death of more than 50 children in Egypt. There are limited details, it is a case of a bus meeting a train, and the train winning.
The recommendations of the Parry Sound Rail Safety Committee will be presented at the council meeting this Tuesday. As a citizen member of the committee I found the town staff members and councillors who participated on the committee to be engaged and receptive to the findings and suggestions of the citizens’ subcommittee. In the end it really is our responsibility to protect ourselves from the trains that rumble through the town. They are on a schedule and freely admit that they can’t easily stop trains that can be up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) in length and weigh up to 20 million kilograms (45 million pounds). As a town need to take responsibility for protecting ourselves and our children.
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