As some of you know, I'm an Amtrak commuter. BP and I have also traveled Amtrak long distance. (Long distance Amtrak travel is a unique experience, something from another age.) I like trains and I like the Amtrak people.
So I was grieved to hear about the awful accident in NV on Friday where a tractor trailer drove through the crossing gates directly into the side of the California Zephyr enroute from Chicago to Emeryville. Why is still unclear; the train did not hit the truck, the truck hit the train. It's in the middle of flats, a long straight rail line and daylight, so it's not like the truck driver couldn't see it--a long distance train is a helluva big machine.
This collision caused a massive fire, completely wrecking at least two cars. So far it is estimated at least 4 are dead but they are still searching the wreckage. I was talking to friends and realized that few people have heard this, so I thought I would let you know. Please keep the victims and the survivors in your thoughts. (photo from AP).