The land of the rising sun and home to the most sophisticated high-speed trains in the world rattled the commuting, and even the non-commuting public, with the recent train crash in Amagasaki. Traveling at more than 83 mph, the trolley left the tracks and rammed into a 9-story apartment building near Osaka.
At the moment, the death toll has risen from 50 to 73 with hundreds of the unwary severely injured. Plus, the search crews aren’t done yet. So much about rapid transit being a conduit of unpleasant memoirs. Now, we’ve got a live rail tragedy.
This isn’t the first derailing in 42 years in Japan. The senseis of high technology have had at least four since 1963, but the latest one’s purportedly the worst. If the Japs could easily have grotesque accidents like this one, how the hell am I supposed to feel safe while riding the local train?