Terrible subway accident in Toronto
. More than 150 firefighters, 100 paramedics and 130 police officers helped in the underground rescue effort. During this gruelling process an intense heat built up in the tunnel. Thanks to Air Canada, a huge air-conditioning machine was hooked up to the underground subway tunnel to combat the heat. Numerous volunteers also provided refreshments for exhausted rescue workers.
. An in-depth report released one year later blamed the crash on a combination of human error and mechanical failure. The driver who was only on his second day on the job had run three red lights just prior to the accident, setting the stage for the tragedy, but a failsafe trip arm that should have triggered his emergency breaks also failed to work.
. The report also blamed TTC management for not training new drivers properly and for regularly failing to discipline them when they ran red lights. As a result of the inquest, the TTC tripled the length of the driver-training program, and threatened to fire managers if they failed to discipline a driver for running red lights. The trip arm was also redesigned.
. Internationally, there have been other similar subway crashes: in 1975, 43 people were killed when a London Underground train carrying a rush hour crowd smashed into a dead end of a tunnel. And in 2000, four passengers were killed and more than 40 were injured in a rush hour collision between two trains in the Tokyo subway.
Program: Sunday Report
Broadcast Date: Aug. 13, 1995
Guest(s): David Gunn, Howard Moscoe, Mike Sale
Reporter: Brenda Craig
Last updated: January 26, 2012
Page consulted on March 30, 2012
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