Train accidents: fewer humans, more error

Are railway accidents simply the cost of doing business? The Toronto Star has a major investigative piece on railway accidents this morning. Derailments are up sharply since 2002 (but at about the same level as 1996), but the Transportation Safety Board only investigates a tiny fraction of the accidents. The railways more or less inspect and police themselves — relying on more on technology and less on visual inspections — which may lead to some managers putting profits and on-time performance before safety.