Fatal Commuter Train Crash in Belgium Apparently Due to Missing Automatic Braking System
When two commuter trains into each other near Brussels, Belgium, on Feb. 15, 2010, 18 passengers and crew members lost their lives. A total of 100 people on both trains suffered injuries in the head-on collision that appears to have been caused by the lack of automatic brakes that engage when a train runs a track-side red light.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that the train without the automatic brakes had not been upgraded with the otherwise commonly used safety equipment because doing so would have cost too much. Now it seems obvious that improving rail safety has proven far more costly.