A full 10 car passenger train is traveling down a railway track towards the edge of a cliff. The brakes have been sabotaged, the conductor and engineer have been incapacitated, and the radio is not functional. Criminal involvement is suspected. The train is traveling at a speed of 60 mph and there is only 10 miles of track left until the train goes off the cliff. You are a passenger on the train who has just heard the news.
Approach this problem with a clear head. We and the rest of the passengers are all counting on you to solve this problem. Provide a step-by-step emergency plan of action that will result in the smallest loss of live possible.
The train will reach the end of the cliff in 10 minutes.
The brakes are not functioning, assuming that includes the emergency brake.
To reduce the loss of life, the conductor and engineer would have to be considered.
1. First, start counting the time. 10 minutes. Move the conductor and the engineer into a passenger car. Don’t let anyone panic.
2. Disconnect the passenger cars from the train engine, allowing time for some deceleration. Because we don’t know the friction of the rails, we cannot estimate how long it would take for the train to stop completely, so lets assume it doesn’t have time to stop completely.
3. Possibly try to tie a parachute together from passenger clothes that they have, either in luggage or wearing. Cooperation should be easy.
Note: We don’t know if the criminally-involved are on the train or not. Be prepared.
4. If the train has slowed down enough by 9 minutes, people could start jumping out of the train with minor injuries.
idk anything about train brakes, but it might be possible to jurry-rig some mechanism to brake the back car and slow the train.
Well done. You have provided a clear solution to the problem that would most likely succeed. Your ability to be aware of the engineer + conductor and the criminal element prove you have good attention to detail. The solution to break the engine away from the rest of the train, if able to be done, is most likely to result in a minimal loss of life. However, you failed to account for the people who would be unable to jump from a train (elderly, handicapped, young) and also failed to give enough time for jumping to occur. One minute may not be sufficient to make sure everyone has successfully jumped from the train. You also failed to include delegation of duties in your plan, and thus it would be difficult to maintain order in the train’s ten cars. However, in total you presented a solid and reasonable plan. Congratulations on joining the officialunitedstates team. I will contact you over the phone within the next business day to discuss salary and benefits.