Hinton train collision

The Hinton train collision was a fatal railway accident that took place in Alberta, Canada on 8 February 1986. Twenty-three people died when a Via Rail passenger train and a Canadian National Rail freight train collided head-on. The reason was determined to be the failure of the freight train’s crew to stop at a stop signal, although why they didn’t stop was not determinable. The driver of the train had long been in poor health, and could possibly have passed out; the rail company was known to have a culture that was cavalier about safety, with the “deadman’s pedal” apparently useless because engineers generally tied or weighted it down so as to avoid the hassle of using it; the conductor also failed to activate the emergency brake as protocol dicated he should have done when he couldn’t make contact with the engine crew.

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