DC Train Crash-Computer Failure may be the cause
At least 9 people were killed and 70 more injured in a metro train crash in DC on Monday around rush hour.
A computerized system apparently failed to stop a train from crashing head-on into another. Investigators focused on that aspect of their investigation yesterday.
It appears that the Operator, McMillan, had applied the emergency brake even thought the train had been set to automatic. This means that the train would have been mainly controlled by a computer.
The operator at this time would have been responsible for opening and closing door and taking over in an emergency situation.
McMillan had been on the job, driving a bus for two years, but had only been driving a train for the last few weeks.
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Investigators in the U.S. capital were focusing Tuesday on why a computerized system apparently failed to stop a train from crashing head-on into another, even though the emergency brake was applied.
The train had been set on automatic mode, which means it was mainly under the control of a computer. That left the operator responsible for opening and the closing the doors, and taking over in an emergency.
At least nine people died in the Washington, D.C., crash, and more than 70 people were injured.
Train operator McMillan was two years on the job driving a bus, but only a few weeks as a train operator. It appears that she tried to turn on the emergency brake, but it's unclear whether the brake was actually engaged.
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