National Geographic Channel Seconds From Disaster

Season 1 Episode 6

Wreck of the Sunset Limited

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Aug 10, 2004 on National Geographic
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Wreck of the Sunset Limited
In Alabama, the captain of a towboat became disoriented by fog and didn't realize that he had turned down the wrong branch of the river - one never used by his barges.
Too late he realises that the shape he sees on his radar is the rail bridge - the same bridge that an Amtrak train was speeding toward. But was it the impact of the barge hitting the bridge that caused the bridge to fail? or were there other factors?
Examine Amtrak's worst accident, which killed 47 people on September 22, 1993.moreless

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