NOVA

Why Trains Crash

Passport Season 44 Episode 6 | 53m 51s

From derailments to head-on collisions to drivers killed at road crossings, deadly train accidents claim dozens of lives each year. But just how unsafe are the railroads? NOVA investigates recent rail tragedies and advances in train tech that could help prevent them, taking a special look at Japan’s superefficient bullet trains, which have a perfect safety record.

Aired: 02/22/17

Expires: 02/21/20

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

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