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Old 02-19-2011, 4:19 PM
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Looks to be fairly simple to explain how that mess got to look like that. What you have are 4 rail lines going one way and at least 1 going over them on a bridge. There was a fast moving train on the line on that bridge that had an issue (derailment perhaps) causing the cars you see to also jump the track, falling off the bridge and pile up as you see them. The wrecked train appears to have been traveling at a high rate of speed from left to right (most likely) and the momentum of the rail cars carried them to their positions as shown in the picture.

What caused them to derail can't be said from the picture. Perhaps they hit a truck further up the track, perhaps a rail broke, perhaps they hit a penny on the track placed there by some kid that wanted a squashed penny (possible, but probably not likely).
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