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Driver fatigue caused fatal freight rail crash

Posted on April 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal investigators determined that both operators of a coal train that struck the back of another Burlington Northern train that was stopped near Red Oak, Iowa, last April, fell asleep and missed signals to slow and stop, reported Bloomberg News. The tracks didn’t have crash- avoidance technology that U.S. railroads must install by 2015 under a U.S. rule, according to investigators.

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