Originally Posted by ErikDK
....The engineer was supposed to manually activate the brakes on 11 tanker wagons, as a precaution if brake pressure should be lost.
Yup, there are independent manual brakes for a reason. (I only know this 'cuz I've been reading on it since the accident, I have no train operating experience.) AND - Wiki is saying that the engineer knew the engine that was left running was spitting oil and smoking heavily before he left it unattended as the only source of power for the air brakes.....
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