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Resource ID: #13960
Subject: Transportation
Source: ABC News Primetime Live
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An investigation into serious and systemic failures on the nation's commuter rail lines that the rail industry and the Federal Railroad Administration have ignored for 20 years, failures which have led directly to death, injury, and large scale property loss. ABC documented engineers so tired from overnight split shifts that they were falling asleep at the throttle, passenger cars turning into deathtraps from which passengers could not escape because of unmarked emergency exits and hidden emergency door releases that literally required a screwdriver or dime to be opened and used in the event of a crash. (May 22, 1996)

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