posted on May, 25 2013 @ 03:07 PM
Scott City is just a few minute drive from here. We were in St. Louis when this happened.
First we need to remember that just last week the railroads were closed in a good part of this area due to flood waters. Trains are trying to run as
much as they can to play catch up with everything because the railroads here have been closed for a few weeks due to the flooding. You can see this in
the last page of my thread about the troubles on the Mississippi river. We go from flooding one year to drought the next and back to flooding
Second is that just the other day I took a hike north on up the tracks to reach some fossiliferous matrix and even though the railroads are open once
again the tracks are still far from being clear completely. Granted they are clear enough for trains to travel on but they could be cleared a lot
more. For instance I seen a 4X4 laying long ways in-between the tracks that has been getting lightly hit by trains.
The flood waters also make the earth under the tracks quite liquid like and you can see plenty of places when a train is going trough that the train
rocks and the rail ties and moving up and down. If you take a walk down the tracks you can see a lot of things that need repair. I think things have
to get pretty bad before they really repair much.
While this is pretty tragic and will affect a bit of transport for several weeks I see no conspiracy in this. What I do see is a complete lack of
communication to have two trains in the same area at one time. Often you can walk the tracks and you will have a few trains going one way and then an
hour or more later a train going in the other direction. It is all about communication, and someone was seriously failing in this area. I am
suspecting there was something involved in the way of drugs, alcohol, or a distraction that could have been avoided.
I will try to get over that way tomorrow or later this week (vacation is over and it would be Thursday before I can get a photo if not tomorrow). I do
have to admit that this is a bit of a worry I have when I have to be around the tracks when collecting fossils. It is kind of scary just watching
trains rock on the rails when going through a place as is. I have seen them rock as much as a few feet when traveling down the tracks.