I choo-choose you! To be the train car most likely to let me live!
December 9, 2013 12:32 PM Subscribe
In two of this year's notable high-speed train derailments--Compostella in Spain in July and the New York Metro North crash on Sunday--the train driver survived, but many of the passengers and crew, who were presumably in cars further back from the engine car, did not. Is there any data from any safety board (NTSB or similar in other countries) that suggests any particular train cars are more safe than others in the event of a derailment?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously, every crash is unique--though the fact that these train drivers survived these breathtaking accidents has made me wonder whether there is something to the position within the train that has an effect on survival. For instance, could one conclude that the front car is more likely to be launched straight from the track, with the next few cars more likely to jackknife and cause injury? Are the last cars the least likely to derail? Are there differences in outcomes between types of train (high-speed trains versus intercity commuters versus subways)?
Just idle curiosity--by virtue of where the stairs are in the terminal stations for my daily subway commute, I ride the last car in the morning and the front car at night.