Seems like a pattern… let’s not forget all the food processing plants destroyed as well.
If they investigate train derailments like they do plane crashes and shut them down until causes are found by grounding that particular type, then maybe railroad conglomerates would be more apt to ongoing maintenance that is supposed to be performed. Too fast of speed by onboard conductors or maintenance of track systems are the cause. These conglomerates are trying to save a buck by not maintaining the wheel assemblies, braking systems and or tracks. They don’t need to have hearings for this. Just like every other transport business there are regulatory agencies local and federal that are supposed to be conducting records checks and maintenance inspections. Who is not ensuring the rail systems are safe? Trains, no matter their cargo are literally bombs moving at speeds in excess of 80 mph through towns and cities.
Good observations. And good question. But the answer is: because they WANT us to have a decrepit, third-world rail system, which means no rail system. That way we are all dependent on trucks and trucks alone. Ooh! Wait! They don’t like diesel fuel, which trucks run on! It’s a classic pincer attack.