Google: “Train Crash” results on Monday, August 25By Roger Straw, The Benicia Independent, August 25, 2014
Keeping up with the news here at the Benicia Independent sometimes requires a Google search. Typically, I will use a search string such as “oil train derail” and limit the search to news during the past 24 hours.
Today, reflecting on the fact that I heard about the head-on freight train crash in Arkansas 5 days after it happened, by word of mouth no less (!), I wondered what would happen if I Googled a simpler string: “train crash.”
I was surprised, and a little shocked at the result: in the last 24 hours, news sources picked up on 5 train crashes in the U.S., all today. And it’s only 5:30pm PST. Google also displayed a news story on a train crash that happened two days ago, and a near-accident in New York City.
Could this have been a typical news day? (See the Google links below.)
Five U.S. train crash stories in a single day:
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com–12 minutes agoAn Amtrak train hit a semi-truck carrying cattle feed Monday afternoon in Marion County, the Sheriff’s Office said. No injuries were reported. (Marion County …
FOX 9 News–4 hours agoA pedestrian was struck by a Green Line light rail train Monday afternoon in St. Paul. The accident happened just after 1 p.m. on University Avenue near …
The Denver Channel–8 hours agoDENVER – A crash between a car and a light rail train caused some delays for … and Downing station were doing a downtown loop because of the accident.
WATE-TV–9 hours agoKPD says the driver’s side of the car had been hit by the train. …. into police custody early Monday after a train crashed into an unoccupied car in North Knoxville.
Two more stories, on a RECENT train crash and a near-catastrophic mixup in New York City earlier this month:
Sioux City Journal (blog)–8 hours agoDale Martin, 81, drove a pickup in front of an eastbound Chicago Central Pacific Illinois Central train at a crossing in the 700 block of Barton Street, according to …
New York Daily News–19 hours agoA subway operator on the A line recently piloted an express train uptown — on … this could have ended with a serious crash, the knowledgeable old-timer said.