The railroad investigators are blown away that, 1.) the engineer blew thru all the signals and the switch and didn’t prepare for an oncoming train (I am told you’d either have to do it on purpose or be disabled); and, 2.) that the conductor didn’t pull the emergency brake, which I am told is not only an immediately “fire-able” offense, but just about criminally negligent.
In fact, as this investigation proceeds, a source close to the investigation says in order for the engineer to miss three lights — a flashing yellow, a solid yellow and a red — he’d “really have to be trying.”
He said that the distance between the lights, as well as “the switch the engineer blew through,” was more than enough distance to stop. He said it couldn’t have been a matter of just being distracted while texting…like a car driver who talks or texts and misses a light, not three lights.
That happens pretty quickly. This situation, with the train having three solid warnings, plus the matter of the switch, meant there was something bad going on: either the engineer became disabled or he let the accident happen on purpose, that is what some investigators are fearing and investigating.