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Air Brakes are supposed to be "fail-safe". So what caused the Lac-Megantic disaster?

I wrote this post on Monday, shortly after the tragic crash in Quebec. All the papers were saying the brakes failed, which shouldn't happen with "fail-safe" air brakes. It turns out my analysis was correct. In fact there were a series of failures; regulatory failure that permitted crews of one on giant explosive trains, failures of management to put greed ahead of safety; failures of communication. Now the company is trying to stick it to the engineer, but the whole thing was an accident waiting to happen.

Air Brakes are supposed to be "fail-safe". So what caused the Lac-Megantic disaster?

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