The Hanford Derailment Wouldn’t Have Happened With HSR
On Monday a semi rammed a southbound San Joaquins train near Hanford, causing several cars to derail. Nobody was killed, thankfully, but nearly two dozen people were injured.
According to investigators, the driver of the truck can’t explain why he crashed into the train. But that hasn’t stopped some politicians from grandstanding.
Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle told a local TV station that this crash was cause for concern when it came to high speed rail:
Valle explained, “The fear is you take this same accident and you insert a high speed rail train at 220 mph and you add that – with high speed rail train do we walk away with zero deaths and low injuries like we did yesterday?”
No, Richard, with HSR you don’t have this same accident at all. HSR will be fully grade separated. No trucks will cross the tracks. Nor will any car, any bus, any tractor, any human, any animal. The tracks will go over or under roads that cross its path. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why a few of your constituents don’t want to this project, because it will be an entirely closed ROW and that will have an impact on the ability to cross it easily.
His comments are a cheap shot that don’t address the actual unsafe situation on those roads and don’t do anything to enlighten the discussion about how to move people and goods around Kings County safely and quickly.