Friday, July 26, 2013

It is all in the data

What a spectacular but terrible train crash in Spain, with such a loss of life. Theories abound as to the reason the train was travelling so fast. No doubt the all will become clear in time. I found this European train accident data in The Guardian quite fascinating. You are certainly pretty safe if you travel by train in the UK. The stats also show that trains are very dangerous for people trying to commit suicide.

Without belittling the severe train crash with tens of people dead and many injured, do keep in mind that more people are killed in or by cars in Spain in a month.

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  1. Well the news mentions that the train driver was going way too fast 190 in a 80km/h zone and there was a sharp angle in the line which wasn't suited for fast rail trains.
    I fear for Queensland

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    1. Why the QLD reference Michael? The tilt train?

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  2. Without wishing to pre judge the driver, it does seem pretty cut and dried that the crash was caused by excessive speed. Did you see the CCTV footage as it happened? It was absolutely flying round the corner.
    I love trains and nothing will put me off using them as my chosen form of transport.

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    1. Craig, the footage was amazing, and it was leaked. It is puzzling and almost suicidal by the driver, which makes me thing there is more to it than just recklessness.

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  3. Yes the footage was spectacular in a very scary way. At least we'll never get fast trains here :P

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  4. Why do we not have the same reaction to spectacular car crashes?? Apparently flying is statistically safer than driving - but I find it a LOT more scary!!

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    1. Red, while I hate flying, I am not scared when I do so. When you are driving, you have some personal control, so you think you are safer. Flying or on a train, you are putting your trust in another fallible human.

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  5. Not being a regular train user Andrew, what is the top speed trains are supposed to go? It always makes me wonder why they build non racing cars with speeds up to 150 or so when there is absolutely nowhere you can drive that fast..except on a race track!

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    1. Grace, I don't think Australian trains get much faster than 140km/h. Euro trains, including the one that crashed can go much much faster and do.

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