Remote Control Locomotive Technology Public Safety Advisory. Remote Control Locomotives Put Los Angeles Residents At Risk!. Why are we here today?.
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Remote Control Locomotives Put Los Angeles Residents At Risk!
Is this adequate protection?
Cars being switched by RCO ran into Trim Locomotive
June 9, 2002 (UP) Hinkle Yard – Hermiston, OR
Approximately 400 gallons of highly flammable liquid fuel Naphtha leaked from this tank car containing 25,000 gallons of the hazardous material when three cars derailed in a remote control wreck.The Cumberland Fire Department and the Allegany County Hazardous Incident Response Team responded to control the leaking hazmat.
November 1, 2001 (CSX) Cumberland, MD
These cars were unknowingly uncoupled by the remote operation, rolled out of the hump yard and collided with the cars they uncoupled from at 25 MPH, derailing 17 cars. The derailed cars hit another train on one main line derailing 3 cars on that train. The main line on the other side of the wreck was also blocked. Amtrak regularly travels on that main line.
December 21, 2002 (BNSF) Yard – Galesburg, IL
A remote control locomotive and several cars rolled downhill 3 miles before colliding with a tractor trailer at the entrance of a lumber mill. August 6, 2002 (Puget Sound & Pacific) – Shelton, WA
This Remote Control
Operator said he
pressed the stop
button, but the train
didn’t stop. Notice
the Hazmat placard
on the car that
on the rails.
October 31, 2002 (BNSF) - Lincoln, NE
The BLE maintains that a responsible RCO implementation is one that weighs the public safety issues and the negative impact that the implementation of remote controlled train operations could have on your community. We are asking that the elected representatives of Los Angeles create a forum and begin an educational process which brings all of the parties into the RCLT debate in order to create a public awareness and better understanding of this issue.