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Message 2122062 - Posted: 3 Jul 2023, 16:05:33 UTC

Man Who Drove Onto Chicago NASCAR Race Course Late Saturday Cited For Negligent Driving, Police Say

The 46-year-old driver was also cited for not having a valid registration or insurance. No injuries were reported, and the man was not in custody, according to police.
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Message 2122163 - Posted: 5 Jul 2023, 9:12:05 UTC
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I reckon that this truck driver has a bit to explain (more so for the town that it happened in) as he certainly didn't give way.

Two people hospitalised after bus crashes into houses at Safety Beach on Mornington Peninsula.

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Message 2122188 - Posted: 5 Jul 2023, 19:42:48 UTC

NASCAR when they realize that Chicago forgot to turn off the Red Light cameras ...
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Message 2122209 - Posted: 6 Jul 2023, 1:18:06 UTC

AirFrance passenger makes horrifying, bloody discovery on flight to Toronto
An Air France passenger is seeing red after he came across a blood-soaked patch of carpet on his flight from Paris to Toronto — and said he was forced to clean up the biohazard by himself.

“I got on my hands and knees and cleaned for half an hour,” the passenger wrote, adding that the crew gave him gloves and additional wipes for him to scrub the floor.

“Then they casually noted a passenger had hemorrhaged on a flight before ours,” Battah continued.

He posted several photographs and a video to document his bloody work.
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Message 2122278 - Posted: 6 Jul 2023, 19:38:03 UTC
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Some accidents beggar belief.
Approx. 2 decades ago, used to deliver to numerous drops in London.
1 of them happened to be a golf club literally a couple of 100 feet away from that school.
Looking at the 1st & 3rd photos in the report, checked via Google maps to refresh memory.
How in hell did that Land Rover not sustain much damage?

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Message 2122281 - Posted: 6 Jul 2023, 21:05:35 UTC - in response to Message 2122278.  
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Some accidents beggar belief.
Approx. 2 decades ago, used to deliver to numerous drops in London.
1 of them happened to be a golf club literally a couple of 100 feet away from that school.
Looking at the 1st & 3rd photos in the report, checked via Google maps to refresh memory.
How in hell did that Land Rover not sustain much damage?

Condolences to the families

The Telegraph says the Land Rover was travelling from the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club down Camp Road, which has a 20 mph speed limit.
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Message 2122310 - Posted: 7 Jul 2023, 13:30:48 UTC - in response to Message 2122281.  

Well, looking at Google Maps, the closest I could get to what it looked like at the time I delivered to the area (2005) was Aug 2009.
That very same year (2005) I hit a car in Knightsbridge at 28mph.
It took out my radiator & came to a stop pretty quick.
Bear in mind I was driving a 7.5 ton truck.

Since 2009, the school has had numerous renovations. Looking at Aug 2022, there is a metal pedestrian railing in front of a metal gate, with 4 sections of metal fencing to the left with wood fencing from the right of the gate..
Also, the road curves to the right slightly.

IMO, the only way the land rover could travel that distance after going through that metal was speed.
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Message 2122315 - Posted: 7 Jul 2023, 13:44:16 UTC

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Message 2122333 - Posted: 7 Jul 2023, 19:29:39 UTC

Remote Driving Controversial In UK, But It’s Already Here

The automotive industry is rushing towards autonomous vehicles as a futuristic ideal. They haven’t got the autonomous part sorted just yet. However, as part of this push, the technology to drive vehicles remotely via video link has become mature.
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Message 2122341 - Posted: 7 Jul 2023, 22:21:23 UTC - in response to Message 2122333.  

Remote Driving Controversial In UK, But It’s Already Here

The automotive industry is rushing towards autonomous vehicles as a futuristic ideal. They haven’t got the autonomous part sorted just yet. However, as part of this push, the technology to drive vehicles remotely via video link has become mature.
Mining companies here in Australia (particularly BHP) have been using remote control operation of vehicles & machinery for around a decade now at their remote mine sites.
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Message 2122344 - Posted: 7 Jul 2023, 22:30:12 UTC

Safety investigators will look into how an engine caught fire on a Boeing 737 Max.

Federal safety officials say they will investigate an engine fire that was discovered on a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max after the plane landed in Newark, New Jersey.

The National Transportation Safety Board disclosed the investigation Friday, when it issued a preliminary report on the June 28 incident. No one was injured.

One of the plane’s two engines caught fire after the plane completed a flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Pilots said they noticed a fire-warning indicator for the left engine as they taxied to the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport. They shut down the engine and discharged a bottle of fire retardant, and the warning indicator flicked off, according to the NTSB.

There was no smoke or fire coming from the engine, but the plane was towed to the gate, where maintenance crews saw signs of fuel leaking from the engine, and heat damage inside the engine cover, the NTSB said.

The NTSB kept the engine for its investigation.

The flight carried 179 passengers and five crew members.

The NTSB said the investigation will include representatives from Boeing, engine maker CFM International, United Airlines, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Message 2122346 - Posted: 8 Jul 2023, 0:49:46 UTC - in response to Message 2122344.  

Well, what do you want to bet when you don't torque the fuel line connector down to spec a couple of hard landings later ...
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Message 2122433 - Posted: 9 Jul 2023, 21:53:19 UTC

More attempts at receiving The Darwin Awards from TikTok viewers...
Dangerous TikTok trends claim 4 lives in 6 months in Alabama: officials
At least four people — including a father — have died in recent months for giving in to a new and deadly TikTok trend, Alabama authorities said.

The thrill-seekers jumped or flipped off the backs of speeding boats, only to break their necks on the wake and drown, according to Cpt. Jim Dennis of the Childersburg Rescue Squad.
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Message 2122464 - Posted: 10 Jul 2023, 17:52:40 UTC
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I believe I've already mentioned this in previous posts, but it's worth mentioning again.
insufficient training in public transport.
As this report shows, WHY bother having signalling on railways when drivers "expect" things to go their way?
Over twice the speed limit through a junction
The original driver had joined the company in 2020 and was on their 22nd run on this route.
He was breathalysed and screened by British Transport Police (BTP) for alcohol and drugs, but both came back negative.
The investigation ruled the immediate cause of the incident was that the driver had expected to be using another, faster, line through the area as he had done previously.
A number of causal factors were also identified. The report noted: ‘The driver did not react appropriately to the junction indicator at P468 signal.
According to investigators, this was a result of ‘insufficient’ training by the train company.

Thankfully, most of my journeys by train are Peterborough - London & return, very rarely are they further North to South. :-)

Edited to clarify last sentence.
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Message 2122468 - Posted: 10 Jul 2023, 19:17:41 UTC - in response to Message 2122464.  

Route learning is vital - not just learning the usual, expected, route, but the many diversions that may arise even during a "normal" trip. I get the impression that some TOCs are reducing the number of trips and tests to save money and get more drivers in the cab (there's a bit of a driver shortage on some lines).
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Message 2122490 - Posted: 11 Jul 2023, 8:09:09 UTC - in response to Message 2122464.  

I've just read the report:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/report-062023-train-overspeeding-at-spital-junction?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications-topic&utm_source=8ac77fa1-6796-4524-b961-7926e553d6d6&utm_content=daily

It's not a nice cosy one, but it out in some unexpected directions. While there are only four recommendations the last one is an interesting one:
4 The intent of this recommendation is to minimise the risks from falling
luggage on Lumo train services.
Lumo should assess the risks of high volumes of large and likely heavy luggage stowed in overhead luggage racks which can fall on passengers if trains suffer significant lateral accelerations. This assessment should specifically examine the design of overhead luggage racks, the amount of alternative luggage storage space provided and passenger luggage policies. Lumo should implement any control measures identified as appropriate (paragraph 204).
This recommendation may also apply to other train operators
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This has long been a gripe of mine - too little low-level luggage capacity which "encourages" people to pile their luggage on seats and tables, or put large cases and bags up on the racks; such cases are hard to get up there, even harder to get down safely in the inevitable rush to get off the train at one's stop (or to get something out of them mid journey). All this is in an effort to get as many seat in as possible, but at the risk of people being injured during the normal operation of the train, never mind incidents like this overspeed through pointwork.
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Message 2122497 - Posted: 11 Jul 2023, 11:52:19 UTC

"This shouldn't have happened", is quite right. :-(

Elevated road collapses in Bangkok, killing at least two people.

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Message 2122499 - Posted: 11 Jul 2023, 13:22:27 UTC - in response to Message 2122468.  

Route learning is vital - not just learning the usual, expected, route, "snip"
Absolutely.
It's been 40 years at least since I was last on the front of a train, & in that time technology has moved forward to the point that I would not know where to begin if put in front of one now.
Regardless of technology, one thing that hasn't changed is crossovers/points/junctions.
At Peterborough, there are 7 tracks with 1&2 being for non stop through trains, 3-5 for other passenger services, 6-7 for freight.

Admitting, one can get caught out. For example, can recall one particular day on westbound Circle line heading to Baker Street when got the junction indicator to Platform 3 (Met Main through road to points North).
Easily rectified, called signal box, gave train number, road corrected.
It was in training & again on road training(route), when crossing at a semi controlled junction, regardless of whether or not one is a slow/fast train, crossing multiple platforms is at a set speed or lower.

At Peterborough, you are only going over the points & not actually crossing tracks when on the downward straight through road via platform 1.
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Message 2122540 - Posted: 12 Jul 2023, 14:00:00 UTC

Vermont flooding leaves section of train tracks suspended in mid-air
“We cover a lot of disaster on @weatherchannel, but we’ve never seen this — railroad tracks suspended 100+ feet in the air after the earth beneath them washed away in Ludlow, VT,” tweeted Justin Michaels, a national correspondent with The Weather Channel.

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