In 2010 an American made action thriller, Unstoppable, was directed by Tony Scott and depicts the unbelievable story of a runaway freight train. The film was released on November 12, 2010 and received, for the most part, positive reviews from film critics. The film was such a hit that it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing in the 83 Academy Awards.
The movie tells the suspenseful story of Frank Barnes, an engineer, and his coworker Will Colson, and how they stop a runaway train. The train was originally in control of Dewey and Gilleece but they mistakenly let it get away from them after thinking the train was left on coast. What little people know is the true story behind the thrilling film. Unstoppable was inspired by the train incident in 2001 named “Crazy Eights”.
The problem started when the Holster got out of the supposed coasting train, which is forbidden in the yard, and attempted to correctly line the switch. The employee also believed that he had set the dynamic braking system on the train but he was mistaken. Although the runaway train was the problem, the contents on board presented a much greater threat. The train was attached to two cars carrying thousands of gallons of molten phenol, and extremely toxic and flammable liquid that is used in paints and dyes. The train traveled a total of of 2 hours at speeds up to 51 miles an hour and survived numerous take down attempts. The authorities applied a portable derailer to derail the train but it failed due to the speed and weight of the train. The police also tried shooting the fuel release valve but that failed as well. Shortly after they brought a second train into the scene in front of the first and applied the brakes in the hopes of slowing the uncontrolled bomb until it reached safe speed. When the train reached 11 miles per hour, trainmaster Jon Hosfeld, ran up along side, jumped aboard and shutdown the train, inevitably saving hundreds if not thousands of people.
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