It only took 5 days for the first SunRail-related collision …

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It only took 5 days for the first SunRail-related collision…

Sunbeam Times has the story:

As if on cue, as this blog has discussed the problem of commuter rail collisions around the country, the five day old “Sun Rail” commuter train in Orlando has had its first crash. A trailer being towed by a truck was stranded on the tracks as a commuter rail train came barreling down the pike.  Thankfully, no one was hurt, but passengers were delayed two hours reaching their destination. Many of these passengers, all of whom were riding for free during a train opening promotion, expressed reservations about ever getting on the train again.  One said it was a “Sad day” in the history of the train and like a scene out of the “Twilight Zone”.  This is likely to be the first of many such crashes in Orlando and will certainly be the case here if voters approve light rail in Pinellas.

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