TRANSPORT: Bad Weekend

When airplanes crash, pilot error or faulty maintenance usually takes the blame for the spectacular carnage. In train wrecks, generally less lethal, the same factors apply. Last week:

¶Near Maxville, Fla., the Seaboard Air Line Railroad's northbound Orange Blossom Special hit a split rail with a speed that sent six sleepers and the diner skidding on their streamlined sides. Reason: bad maintenance. Injured: 50.

¶Sixteen hours later, a fast-moving New York, New Haven & Hartford freight left the rails at the pivotal switching point at Stamford, Conn., ended up with 30 cars strewn across four main-line tracks, tying up New...

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