Rules are Rules! Oops!

Posted: October 23, 2010 by thesundowner in Uncategorized

Hey… you just can’t make this sh*t up!

Rules Are Rules!

The Good news:
It was a normal day in Sharon Springs, Kansas, when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina .
The Bad news:
Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.
The Good news:
A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules.
The Bad news:
The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.
The crew tried to explain this to Union Pacific higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train!
They were informed that
Rulesprohibited moving the train when a part was found to be defective!


REMEMBER, RULES ARE RULES!

(Don’t ever let common sense get in the way of a
good disaster!)

Sounds like our government, huh?

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Comments
  1. turtlemom3 says:

    Better check Snopes –
    http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/trainfire.asp
    It really happened, but NOT because of stupid rules that prevented moving the train!
    Cheerio!
    Elizabeth

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