If the reports are correct its human error at least partly.
Reader comment on: Spain High Speed Rail Crash
Submitted by Lyle (United States), Jul 26, 2013 00:16
It appears the train was exceeding its speed limit on the section of the track. Which at least partly has to lie with the engineer, just like the landing at LGA that hit the southwest jet, hitting nose gear first, has to have at least some pilot involvement, as did the SFO crash. Or indeed the Lac Megatic railroad disaster, in the sense that not enough brakes were set, although one also wonders in this case what the train on the siding was carrying, and why the switch was not set against the oil train?
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