This morning’s Hoboken, NJ train crash into the terminal at high speed. First thoughts sadly these days are terrorism, mindful of The French Connection. Except this was no Hollywood story of Gene Hackman racing the clock to prevent a runaway hijacked subway car from crashing into its terminal in Paris.
This morning it was the real thing. Of course, it may have nothing to do with terrorism and simply be operator error. The motorman in the front car asleep at the wheel, perhaps drug induced, sleep deprived, heart attack, or some other explanation. Over a hundred injured, and with fatalities still being sorted out as a result of slamming through the terminal’s retaining wall.
In this day and age of impending driverless cars, how could there not be an automatic override switch? A train approach it’s terminal at excessive speeds beyond a certain part has to have the brakes remotely applied to negate operator error or terror.