Philadelphia Train Accident

Traveling by train is a very efficient and effective form of mass transportation throughout Pennsylvania. These machines have been in use for over one hundred years, and they still provide a reliable and relatively safe form of travel. However, accidents still happen that cause trains to malfunction or crash, and these accidents can have devastating results. Due to their size and speed, train crashes can cause serious injuries when they come to an unexpected stop. Additionally, the large number of people that ride the train at one time means that, in the event of an accident, all of the passengers are put at risk of injury. Although train accidents are relatively rare, they do still occur and are a statewide tragedy. Fox News reported on a train accident which occurred just this morning, August 22, 2017.

A train leaving a Philadelphia train station at 12:15 Tuesday morning derailed and hit another train on the opposite tracks. At the time of the accident, there were a total of 42 passengers on board the train. Of these passengers, 40 of them were injured in the crash, although thankfully none suffered life-threatening injuries. One of the passengers was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, and the conductor was also sustained significant injuries; however, these were the worst to come of the accident. Activity at the station resumed as quickly as possible in order to manage the morning rush-hour traffic, but the station warned travelers that there may still be delays. No information has been released so far about the reason that the train derailed, but it is possible the details will be released throughout the rest of the day.

Accidents such as these make us all the more aware that even daily activities which seem safe are still filled with unexpected dangers. Although no one was killed in this accident, it is shocking that all but two of the passengers on board the train were injured in the crash. This seems to indicate a serious lack of safety precautions in place in the event of a crash such as this. Despite high speeds and the frequent stops that trains make, we believe them to be safe on the whole, and therefore, we do not take the precautions we would on any other moving vehicle. Hopefully, the Philadelphia train station will learn from this accident and take steps to ensure passenger safety in the future.

There is a multitude of different problems that could have occurred to cause this terrible accident. It is difficult to know if the crash resulted from conductor error, deterioration of the tracks, a defect in the train, or something different altogether. No matter the cause, the injured passengers must no face the physical and financial consequences of this accident.

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