Runaway Train in Quebec Spotlights Wild West-Era Brake Failures

Runaway Train in Quebec Spotlights Wild West-Era Brake Failures

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While braking technology has improved, the tools remain susceptible to human error and negligence, according to Mark Aldrich, author of “Death Rode the Rails: American Railroad Accidents and Safety, 1828-1965.”