Where does "as irresistible as a train wreck" phrase comes from?
These are wicked and miserable accidents and derailments, some of them large-scale, caused by a single error of the machinist or the controller, big enough to be recorded in history books... And yet, multitudes of bystanders (just like in O'Henry story) keep looking upon such carnage with morbid fascination, lost in time and perhaps in their mind, wondering what really took place and how the catastrophe unfolded:
Unintended condensation caused the car full of vapors to collapse upon itself (implode):
"The general-purpose tank car in the photo below was being steam cleaned in preparation for maintenance. The job was still in progress at the end of the shift so the employee cleaning the car decided to block in the steam. The car had no vacuum relief so as it cooled, the steam condensed and the car imploded." Keep in mind that steam has around 1600 times the volume of condensed water - also see the video!
This one has quite a ways to go down... "The high winds of 17 February 2006 have pushed this freight train off off of its tracks while it was crossing a bridge over the St-Laurence River on its way Montreal." -
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