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Essay On Localized Small Accident

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Localized small disaster summary A collision that gathered the attention of the media and agencies throughout the United States occurred in Oxnard, California (CA) on February 24, 2015. During the early morning hours, at approximately 0544, a Metrolink Commuter train with 46 passengers and 3 crew members impacted a 2005 Ford F450 utility service truck that was towing a 2000 Wells Cargo two-axle utility trailer. The collision occurred at the grade crossing intersecting with S. Rice Avenue and injuring 31 passengers, 2 crew members, and causing one fatality –the senior engineer (National Transportation, 2016a, p. 2). The driver of the utility truck, a 54 year-old male who’s travels prior to the accident originated in Somerton, Arizona,…show more content…
7). Conversely the “Metrolink commuter train #102, operated by Amtrak, [that] was en route from Oxnard, in Ventura County, California, to Los Angeles” (National Transportation, 2015a, p. 1) only had “About eight (8) seconds [warning, before] the train collided with the truck and utility trailer.” (National Transportation, 2016a, p. 3; NTSBgov, 2015b). Prior to the collision, after being on duty slightly over an hour the 3 person crew “departed the Oxnard station at 5:39 a.m., with the student engineer at the controls” (National Transportation, 2015a, p. 7), and a reported “46 passengers” on board (National Transportation, 2015b, p. 1). Quickly following Metrolink Commuter train #102’s departure from the Oxnard station –the station being less than 2 miles away from the scene of the accident– “while sounding the train horn, the engineer-in-training noticed something ahead that appeared to be on the tracks, and placed the train into emergency braking [immediately]” (National Transportation, 2016a, p. 3). Instantly, the crash caused “four (4) train cars [to derail], with three of them overturning and coming to rest on their sides” (NTSB Media Relations, 2015). The NTSB investigation confirmed that “Train #102 consisted of a cab/coach car (#645) at the lead end of the train, which
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