posted on Jan, 31 2018 @ 07:59 PM
OK, I have had all day to think about this.
According to what I have found out, from both news reports and pictures of the scene, the Amtrak train schedule was probably fairly well-known to
anyone who wanted to find out. This was a normal event, not some top secret hush-hush operation. Somehow, a garbage truck, a straight truck, stopped
on the tracks in front of the Amtrak train. It apparently crossed under the crossing gate before it came down or changed lanes to weave through the
crossing before the train arrived. The front locomotive, arriving from the drivers' side of the truck, made contact with the garbage bed in the
vicinity of the rear axles, separating the bed from the truck and tossing it through the air to land on its side with the compactor ripped off. The
truck itself was spun around and off the tracks, receiving substantial damage and ending up pointing in the opposite direction of the train. The
driver died at the scene; the other two people in/on the truck (I still have not heard verification that they were all in the cab) survived but with
serious injuries. All those aboard the train survived with minor injuries at best from falls during the impact.
The specter of an attempt to kill the GOP Congressmen aboard has been raised (of course). But there are some serious issues with this scenario: First
and foremost, the driver died and the other two in/on the truck should consider themselves lucky to still be absorbing oxygen. Second, an Amtrak
locomotive is much heavier, stronger, and tougher than a garbage truck; it would have been obvious to anyone with a smattering of good sense that this
would not cause mass death and destruction to the train. Thirdly, much more damage could have been done by derailing the train at a more remote
position where assistance would not be able to access the site as easily... I will not go into details, but that is easily done.
So an attempt to kill Congressmen is not making sense.
Others have mentioned electronic attacks on the garbage truck. It would be extremely unusual for a garbage truck to have a Qualcomm unit, which would
be the first requirement to making the truck susceptible to electronic control signals. If they had, the unit would have notified the garbage company
immediately of an error; it did not, because the company had to be notified of the incident during the clean-up. The truck was a stripped-down model
as well, judging by the size of the fuel tanks and the arrangement of the chrome (typical for a garbage truck) and thus may not have even had the
ability to be hooked to a fully-functioning Qualcomm unit.
So an attempt to electronically hijack the truck is looking unlikely.
If it was an accident, however, it was a very unusual one. At the time of impact, the train made contact with the garbage bed about halfway down it,
based on the condition and location of the bed and truck afterwards. Impact would have had to be fairly straight-on in order to induce the moment
required to spin the truck around as it did. But the gate crossing was down... had the garbage truck driven around a lowered crossing gate, it could
not have been in the position it had to be in at time of impact. The blow would have not been normal to the bed, and the induced moment would have
been minor or possibly in the other direction. The truck would have either spun the other direction, landing on the other side of the tracks, or been
dragged down the tracks along with the locomotive. In the latter case, I doubt any of the three in/on the truck would have survived.
The statements said the truck was stuck on the tracks. As I previously mentioned, a semi can easily become stuck because of the bendable nature of the
fifth wheel joint and the position of the landing gear on the trailer. A straight truck cannot realistically get physically stuck, because there is no
joint to bend and no protruding landing gear to hang on.
It is possible that the truck simply stalled for some reason as it was crossing the track. It would be possible for an experienced driver to clutch
the truck long enough for the momentum to carry it slowly off the tracks. We don't know how experienced the driver was, however, so even though it
seems completely illogical the possibility of a stall cannot be discounted. Even more unrealistic, though, is that the three apparently did not
abandon the truck when they saw the train coming. That defies all reason... it is literal suicide.
So what would have kept them in the truck? Were the doors locked and jammed? I doubt that truck had electric locks being a stripped down model. Were
they unconscious? Drugged?
It sounds like the idea of it being a complete accident is unlikely as well. So what really happened?
I'm hoping more information will be forthcoming in the DOT investigation to help put the truth together.