Ex-RR administrator: Crash sounds like human error
June 26, 2012 20:23 GMT
KEN MILLER Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Federal Railroad Administration official says early findings suggest human error led to a head-on collision between two Union Pacific trains in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Gil Carmichael — now with the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute — said Tuesday the railroad has a solid reputation and that the tracks and signals were likely in good shape.
The Sunday morning crash killed two engineers and a conductor. Another conductor jumped from a moving train and survived.
The National Transportation Safety Board has said one of the trains was supposed to have moved to a side track to wait for the other to pass.