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Two Sleepy People Blamed For 2008 Derailment

An early morning train derailment in Minnesota two winters ago might have been caused by railroad workers who were way too tired...

Fatigue is being blamed for the collision of two trains at Dresbach in December of 2008, according to a report by the Federal Railroad Administration. A 17-car train did not yield to a longer train that was merging onto the main track, and the resulting crash sent a locomotive and two dozen other cars into the water. Investigators believe the two men operating the smaller train were not alert because they were working long hours that week, including a nearly 14-hour shift. The accident caused more than a million dollars in damage to the trains and the rails.

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