Archive for the ‘public safety’ Category

Death On The Rails: Text Messaging, Poor Signals Played A Role

December 3, 2008

The train engineer was text messaging just seconds before a deadly crash.  Now it seems the traffic signals he saw could have been missed too….

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Investigators find the station’s red signal was not as clear as the yellow and green ones, and continue probing whether the engineer and conductor followed communication rules.
By Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez
The Los Angeles Times
A critical red light that a Metrolink train ran just before slamming into a freight train in Chatsworth was not as visible as green and yellow signals displayed by the same trackside warning device, investigators probing the disaster have found.

The clarity of the stop light, as well as possible violations of communication rules by the commuter train’s crew, have become key focus points in the federal inquiry into the deadliest rail accident in modern California history.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-
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Russia’s roads most dangerous in Europe

November 29, 2008

People die at a higher rate traveling Russia’s roads than in any country in Europe, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgalieve says.

 

Nurgalieve said Thursday that 32,000-35,000 people die and about 285,000 are injured in more than 200,000 traffic accidents in Russia each year, Kommersant reported Friday. That’s the highest traffic accident mortality rate of any European state, he said.

About 70 percent of all traffic deaths occur at the accident site or en route to the hospital.

Nurgaliev said, however, accidents blamed on drunken driving are down this year, as are accidents caused by pedestrians and children.

Still, he said, there is a need for a systematic and gradual buildup of efforts to reduce traffic fatalities.

–UPI

Thailand to deploy 1,400 troops around Bangkok

July 27, 2007

July 27, 2007

BANGKOK (AFP) – At least 1,400 soldiers will be deployed around Thailand’s capital this weekend to reinforce security amid fears of fresh violence during anti-coup protests, a junta spokesman said Friday.

The troops “will patrol in the capital and set up checkpoints to guarantee safety. We have stepped up security around Bangkok to ensure the general public will not see any violence,” he told AFP.

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http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=86132