Malfunctioning rail switch causes train to jump tracks : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

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"At this time it appears that a switch [on 700 South] malfunctioned," Alder said. Rail switches at intervals along the system allow trains to change tracks. Normally the switches operate automatically, but they can be manually controlled by TRAX drivers. "We have no reason to suspect operator error," said Alder, adding that there will be a "thorough investigation." [..] Monday's mishap was the 10th accident involving TRAX since the rail line opened for testing last fall, but the first time a train went off the tracks of its own accord...

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