Apr 2, 2001
A recent study showed that accidents in which trains left the track were up quite a bit between 1997 and 2000. The number rose from 1,741 to 2,059. The inspector general of the Department of Transportation said that "sometimes" the cause was poorly maintained tracks and inadequate inspections by the railroads themselves.
But don't worry –so says the head of the Association of American Railroads who reassures us that "there is certainly no indication of any safety problem."
Now won't that be comforting to riders on railroads, especially after the spectacular derailment in Iowa in March which killed one and injured 96 others.
The railroads cut back on maintenance and inspections. The government itself cuts back on inspecting the railroads' inspections. But, he says, there's no problem!
No, not for those whose concern is profit.