CSX crews are being briefed on this latest tragedy during our intial job briefing when reporting for duty. The N bd stone train passed the stop signal and slid into the path of the S bd train. Engineer and Conductor of the N bd stone train jumped prior to the collision. The engineer was injured from the fall but survived. The Conductor survived the fall but was struck by derailing cars. Passing Stop Signals has been a big problem for CSX the past 2 years. The Albany Division had none in '99, last year, 2003, There were 8 incidents. This year we are at 8 as of 11/30/04. In October, while attending a company meeting. We were informed that there had been 140 Engineer decertifications resulting from Passing Stop Signal Violations system wide. While some have speculated that most were new inexperienced crews. Stats show that most are employees with 10 or more years. With incidents involving crews spread from less than 1 year to over 30 years. Fatigue seems to be the most popular reason amoung the crews. Personally, as a 5 year employee, this scares the hell outa me. I would like to see a minimum of 10hrs rest between trains.
Harleys and EMDs, some of my favorite rides