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Good news: It was a normal day in  Sharon Springs , KS when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina.
The Bad news: Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.
The Good news: A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules.
The Bad news: The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.
The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train! They were instructed Rules prohibit moving the train when a part is defective!

But….rules are rules!

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Source: WSOC-TV in Charlotte


Wednesday, February 4, 2009 – updated: 2:03 pm EST February 4, 2009

An Amtrak train collided with a tractor trailer after it stopped on train tracks in Harrisburg early Wednesday. 

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened at about 10 a.m. near the intersection of Pharr Mill Road and Highway 49. Officials said they are not sure why the truck was on the tracks. 

The Amtrak train was carrying 15 people, including the crew, but none were injured. The tractor trailer driver and conductor suffered minor injuries, however. 

Officials said the tractor trailer driver jumped out of his vehicle before the train hit.

PHOTO GALLERY – photos by Triad Live Steamer’s own, Will Jordan


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