18 September 2013

There Wasn't Anything They Could Do

Nine flat railroad cars loaded with pipe separated and rolled away during a switching operation at the Alaska Railroad's Fairbanks yard late Monday.

No one was injured, the railroad said in an email Tuesday. The nine loaded flatcars hit a small trailer loaded with sheetrock, rolled over a stack of plywood and shoved into two box delivery trucks.

This Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, photo provided by Ute Murphy shows delivery vans after they were crushed by Alaska Railroad rail cars loaded with pipe in Fairbanks, Alaska. The railroad says nine flat cars loaded with pipe became separated from a train during a switching operation on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Courtsey Ute Murphy)

 The cars rolled 672 feet, said railroad spokesman Tim Sullivan. The yard is almost entirely flat, Sullivan said. They didn't roll fast, but they also couldn't be stopped.

"Once it started moving, there wasn't anything they could do," he said.

Where's Superman when you need him?  Ouch!


Well Seasoned Fool said...

Imagine all the paperwork that will generate. thankfully, no one was hurt.

Rev. Paul said...

Indeed, the paperwork will go on and on, for days or weeks. (shudder)