Thursday, July 25, 2013

A tragedy caused by speed

Early reports suggest that the horrific train crash at Santiago de Compostela could have been caused by the driver “overcooking” a bend. The train is suspected of travelling at 180kms per hour when it should have been limited to 80km per hour and all because it was apparently  five minutes late.

We often see drivers on the roads here take similar risks - even passing other cars on bends where they should show more caution. 

Sadly, we live in a world where speed is king. Everything has to be faster so that we can get on with our lives without having to wait. On this occasion though, at least 77 people paid the ultimate price and over 130 have suffered injuries out of a total of 247 that were on the train. I’m sure the relatives of the victims would rather have seen their loved ones a little late than not at all.

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