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5 train crashes in 1 day

Google: “Train Crash” results on Monday, August 25

By 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:

WBXH8 hours ago
Police are investigating a bizarre crash involving a train and a car in which … Police say the three occupants of the vehicle ran off after the collision with the train, …

Two more stories, on a RECENT train crash and a near-catastrophic mixup in New York City earlier this month: