There goes the immediate argument for repairing, rebuilding and renovating our nation’s rail infrastructure.
It’s not that we don’t need to fix our total infrastructure — highways, bridges, airports and, yes, railroads. Accordingly, Donald Trump’s insistence that the government spend a trillion dollars for a comprehensive reworking of our nation’s transportation system is spot on.
However, the derailment that occurred Monday morning in the Seattle-Tacoma, Wash., area appears to be the result of human error. You see, the Amtrak train that few off the rails was roaring along at 80 mph on a stretch of rail with a posted speed limit of 30 mph, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. That’s nearly triple the speed limit.
The train was making its initial run on a route between Seattle and Portland.
The wreck has killed at least three people, injured scores of others.
It also has created a serious discussion about training rail engineers and whether this particular engineer was (a) asleep at the controls, (b) distracted by someone in the locomotive or (c) simply being careless.
In the meantime, we should offer prayers and support for the loved ones of those who died and for those who were injured in this terrifying event.