Horrifying Runaway Train: San Bernardino train disaster SP 7551 East | Mayday | Wonder

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On 12 May 1989, a 69-car freight train goes out of control while descending from California's Cajon Pass. It derails in a residential neighbourhood of San Bernardino after reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). Two residents and two train crew members are killed in the initial crash. More than a week later, an underground gasoline pipeline, damaged by earth-moving equipment during the post-crash clean-up, ruptures and sparks a fire that kills another two people.

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  • MrLOLCraftLP1


    6 ore fa

    I thought the CSX 8888 incident was Terrifying, but after i saw this documentary i realized that Trains are often underestimated and a simple mistake can lead to a huge disaster. My condolences to the families who lost someone that day.

  • jerry ferrell

    jerry ferrell

    16 ore fa

    This train shouldn't have rolled an inch to begin with. Too many malfunctioning pieces, Wrong weight on manifest, the rear crew not communicating faults with engineer, .....jeezus man... Why hook up helper engines that don't have brakes?
    Total cluster fk!
    Then top make it worse, the pipeline Im sure was damaged by a careless excavator operator who knew if he reported his scraping the pipe with his bucket, they would have to dig up that section of pipe and replace it. So he didn't say a word and just buried it ...
    I hope the injured and families of the dead are super rich out if this..

  • Logan malough

    Logan malough

    18 ore fa

    Had Las Vegas lost its mind?! They didn’t care about the destruction! They just wanna keep the pipeline flowing up with gas!

  • Jaw Tooth

    Jaw Tooth

    19 ore fa

    You say they try to keep the train down to 40 km per hour going down the hill? Sorry but we use miles per hour.

    • Efrain Astorga

      Efrain Astorga

      13 ore fa

      Pretty sure the show is Canadian, so they use logical units instead.

    • TheHammer


      19 ore fa

      Yes, the gauges even say MPH

  • jagg g.

    jagg g.

    Giorno fa

    Note to self May 12, 1989.
    That same Year October 17, 1989 the Loma Prieta, Earthquake better known as The World Series Earthquake struck at 5:04 p.m.
    It was initially considered a small Earthquake. Accept out near the Santa Cruz mountains measured 7.1 on the Richter scale.
    That was certainly a scary Year.

  • Estella C

    Estella C

    Giorno fa

    Imagine showering when that incident happens...

  • MyDaRkN3SsLiV3s


    Giorno fa

    Shaw's survival is a miracle of God. His mission on Earth wasn't over yet.

  • T-BONE


    Giorno fa

    @ 32:10, It’s not what you see, it’s what you don’t that will kill you. Inspections are never 100%, it’s always 99.999%, in other words nothing is ever perfect. In this world everything is based on time & never enough money to pay for overtime.

  • S Starklite

    S Starklite

    Giorno fa

    We should eliminate all fertilizer, and never should have used any., because we should have built only Tower cities connected to maglev Trains worldwide. Vehicles have killed millions of people worldwide, USA still 50,000 every year.

  • Michelle Silver

    Michelle Silver

    3 giorni fa

    Did they ever find out why it didn’t stop

  • tapatio on pizza

    tapatio on pizza

    4 giorni fa

    And yet today....the rail companies are NOW bringing down the hill 18k ft trains to cut costs. 2 trains 1 crew...smh.

  • Nunya Business

    Nunya Business

    4 giorni fa

    Okay, but if I'm conducting the train, I wouldn't be leaving the station with a locomotive that didn't have brakes. That's just stupid

  • BeepBeep3000


    4 giorni fa

    Never play cat and mouse guessing on any paperwork. Always check out the assignment and orders. It maybe a headache, it will save a major problem or disaster down the road.

  • Apple Jack

    Apple Jack

    4 giorni fa

    Former UP and CP Engineer. That was the grade at Cajon Pass. I use to work the run from Vegas to Yermo,..Cima hill, 2% grade downhill 20 miles. Brakes were smoking almost at the bottom.

  • Adam Bennett

    Adam Bennett

    5 giorni fa

    Hahaha they said a great place to Raise a family!!!! Haha yeah maybe in 1970s

  • Jayden Vereen

    Jayden Vereen

    5 giorni fa

    Wrong incident

  • Gail Kelly

    Gail Kelly

    6 giorni fa


  • Than Oliver

    Than Oliver

    6 giorni fa

    i wouldnt live in that state if my life depended on it.

    • Z


      3 giorni fa

      it's not really that bad. but you couldn't pay me enough to live in the south again lmao

  • LiL Green Canoe

    LiL Green Canoe

    6 giorni fa

    Sir Topenhat was not pleased

  • Terry Gross

    Terry Gross

    6 giorni fa

    As long as the priority of transportation is based on time to deliver goods instead of safety these accidents will happen.

  • Coale Cushing

    Coale Cushing

    7 giorni fa

    this seems related to when a couple grey southern pacific sd40s smashed up the town after falling off the bank

  • Peyton C

    Peyton C

    7 giorni fa

    San Bernardino is the farthest from quiet it's ghetto as hell

  • gicualx


    7 giorni fa

    Why don't you transform the weight of the train in miligrams, it will shock even more. Haha

  • Matt Hunter

    Matt Hunter

    7 giorni fa

    I wonder what the company superintendent thinks about this disaster after leaving the weights empty. Or Thomas Blair after he recklessly guesstimated the cars’ payloads. Seriously, how do you live with knowing you are the reason that many people died in the most gruesome of ways? That has to be brutal on his conscience.

  • DougsterCanada1


    7 giorni fa

    Drove right by the accident scene each day back then twice a day. Was taking my friend's kids to school each day, and he went along to keep company. We drove down Highland and saw the accident scene. The wreckers moved much of the train to the west as it was an open field, they hadn't finished cleaning that up, when we drove past the day of the explosion/fire. The heat from the fuel fire pierced the windows of the van, and we all felt it. Bless all those who suffered through this. It was horrible.

  • Raicho Rivera

    Raicho Rivera

    8 giorni fa


  • William Jepsen

    William Jepsen

    8 giorni fa

    The most horrifying part of this crash is that there happened two more train crashs near the crash site

  • JP


    9 giorni fa

    I used to be a conductor for BNSF out of Los Angeles and ran this route all the time, let me tell you its nerve-wracking going down that pass every time. There is calculation you have to do taking into account the tonnage of the train and braking power of all the locomotives which gives you your speed down the hill. There is a small window for error and a point at which all braking efforts even full emergency wont stop you and it will turn into a fatal crash like this one here. Going down the pass there are 2 white crosses placed alongside the tracks in memory of the guys who died in this incident, I always kept them in mind whenever I was gathering my paperwork at Barstow yard.

  • Joe Gug

    Joe Gug

    9 giorni fa

    A great place to raise a family? You can tell this is old.

  • Kelly Evans

    Kelly Evans

    9 giorni fa

    Trains and ships….two things that have always been kinda spooky to me..and my dad worked forty years on the railroad and my second husband was a great lakes sailor..u know the big ore carriors..

  • Kelly Evans

    Kelly Evans

    9 giorni fa

    I love how the engineer explains his job…!

  • Paladin Ashley

    Paladin Ashley

    9 giorni fa

    So this entire episode just continues to cement the true motto of the United States: "Money, over lives"

  • Thomas Busse

    Thomas Busse

    9 giorni fa

    The NTSB lost all their credibility when they lied about TWA 800. Total lying fraudsters.

  • Tamekka Knuth

    Tamekka Knuth

    9 giorni fa

    good luck to stop sign..snapped

  • John Ryan

    John Ryan

    9 giorni fa

    We use to play on the trains when we lived next to the siding on E Street in Victorville. My dad was was so mad at us asking what we did to the train!!

  • Justin Grisley

    Justin Grisley

    10 giorni fa

    The important croissant previously reflect because population coincidently bubble along a faithful pair. encouraging, uneven cappelletti

  • TheNegimaMaster


    10 giorni fa

    This disaster, like all other rail accidents, occurred because of human stupidity, plain and simple.
    As far as I'm concerned, this disaster would never have happened if the rail authorities in the States had learned from the mistakes or stupidity of other railways in the past. Case in point: the 1889 wreck at Armagh, Ireland. If American railways had, at ANY point in time in the 100 years following Armagh, taken the direction that the British railways took following that incident (making their safety devices and systems failsafe by, for example, reversing the way the brakes worked), there wouldn't have been half as many runaway trains in the US and far fewer lives would have been lost.

  • Draw_sG


    10 giorni fa

    9:14 literly all downhill from there

  • Bigmindcreator TS

    Bigmindcreator TS

    11 giorni fa

    40:36 where did he think he was? Saluda? That was never going to work.

  • San TheMan

    San TheMan

    11 giorni fa

    its in the USA, yet the announcer keeps using METRIC to explain speeds. ANNOYING! we dont use metric here, idiots.

  • Peter Sweeney

    Peter Sweeney

    12 giorni fa

    Houses were insinurated….

  • OneEyedSumbich


    12 giorni fa

    Thats ok Im gud bruh. I said Im gud bruh cant you heer me? Naw its ok cuz I got sum peenuts 2 of em

  • simplyamazing


    12 giorni fa

    I'm amazed these people can get one train from point a to point b. Everything about this operation was so sloppy and arrogant it's a miracle any train made this trip without a wreck.
    No way to test all systems before starting a trip???
    Even a truck hauling wood chips is required to verify that their braking system work before starting their days work and to document it's been verified.
    I know this was a long time ago but I'm thinking this sort or culture of sloppy work doesn't change in an industry this big.

  • Miami Dade Refuse

    Miami Dade Refuse

    13 giorni fa

    Wish Mayday Still Did Trains

  • Bill the Welding Sloth

    Bill the Welding Sloth

    13 giorni fa

    Spare a moment for the men killed in this disaster, and so many other preventable rail disasters, largely at the hands of greedy and incompetent management. I'm glad the engineer survived, otherwise those families would all be burdened by the railway's official story, which is always: "we have investigated ourselves and found no fault, it was clearly the train crew!" Every time.

  • maxpaul11


    13 giorni fa

    amazing documentary! thank you for sharing. I remember this on the news when I was a kid!

  • Wisconsin Rebel Homes

    Wisconsin Rebel Homes

    13 giorni fa

    I saw this on TV 📺 I forget what channel though

  • fom hlei

    fom hlei

    13 giorni fa

    This has like 1.1k dislike how dare you dislike this video deserve more more likes

  • Ty Watts

    Ty Watts

    13 giorni fa

    Why is he speaking brittish

  • Don Reed

    Don Reed

    13 giorni fa

    Super bad acting.

  • The Bermuda Nonagon

    The Bermuda Nonagon

    13 giorni fa

    Back when a train wreck in California was an actual train instead of the entire state.

  • J T

    J T

    14 giorni fa

    It’s amazing that more people didn’t die. Absolutely amazing

  • Julie Vander Leest

    Julie Vander Leest

    14 giorni fa

    San Bernardino is certainly not a quiet little town, at least not anymore.
    I was only 4 years old at the time of this incident. The kids that were killed would be in their 30s by now. Maybe early 40s. I certainly don’t remember this tragedy but my mom does. We live in the county of San Bernardino, about 20-25 minutes away from the city.

  • Robert Hilden

    Robert Hilden

    14 giorni fa

    What cajones they have. If there was anymore cajons then it’d take too mane cajones to get by

  • TaWandrea Bland

    TaWandrea Bland

    14 giorni fa

    And then two more runaways would happen on El Cajon pass in 1994 and 1996.



    15 giorni fa

    Maybe I'm overreacting but after that incident with the derailed train I would have done my best to move elsewhere for good. 😳

  • Ann Campbell

    Ann Campbell

    15 giorni fa

    15:33 *pulls emergency brakes like a rocket*

  • Ben Penrod

    Ben Penrod

    15 giorni fa

    The deadliest pass in the world (maybe not ) but three train crashed on the cajion pass( idk how to spell it ) also fact is you see the gp7 red and yellow sceem is when sp and sf tried to merge and failed but already painted. Spsf= shouldn’t paint so fast

  • 48.95,21.91SVK


    15 giorni fa

    Kilos & kilometers per hr?
    USA is not a metric country.

  • Fat Mike

    Fat Mike

    15 giorni fa

    There is another brake system on the engines themselves called the Independent brake but it would not have done any good either

  • Michael Tian

    Michael Tian

    16 giorni fa

    69 cars lol

  • E. Vasquez

    E. Vasquez

    16 giorni fa

    Good ol San bernarghetto... city is cursed.

  • veggiepowered


    16 giorni fa

    I'am Your Newest Subscriber Great Videos I Have Train Videos Too But Few People Watch Them Their Mixed In With My 6000 Other Videos

  • Norfolksothern ho scale modler & railfan

    Norfolksothern ho scale modler & railfan

    16 giorni fa

    This is not really acurate

  • GothicSlytherin


    17 giorni fa

    A good rule of thumb for ANY profession that relies on weight for safety is if you don’t have the weight measurement always assume that it’s at maximum capacity then work backwards! Unless you have information to say otherwise .....

  • carrue ross

    carrue ross

    17 giorni fa

    I used to live in San Bernardino back in the early 80’s. I would have been horrified if I would have had to see this. Especially since it was usually just my daughter and I. This was back in the day when my husband was practicing on being the best abandoned dad he could be. Hahahaha. Funny, but really sad, especially for my daughter. We left shortly after realizing we weren’t safe. We did take Amtrak from there to the middle of the country with just $10 in my pocket. It’s a miracle what you can do when you have to! Praise God! 🙏🦋💙

  • tom murphy

    tom murphy

    17 giorni fa

    they need runaway train ramps- similar to the runaway truck ramps on hilly interstate roads- or do we just have those in cali??

    • DougsterCanada1


      7 giorni fa

      That is an interesting thought.

  • Andy Pullar

    Andy Pullar

    18 giorni fa

    That’s why you double check everything

  • bigdog04


    18 giorni fa

    this was very informative

  • c2h7


    19 giorni fa

    Do the emergency brakes only work on the engine's wheels? I'd expect them to work on every axle of every car in the whole train, it would be much much more brake force than just the dynamic brakes, which only affect the engine's wheels. Also, why didnt the first and third enigne's engineers also pull them? Why didnt the normal compressed air brakes show any effect? Film is missing important info here. And opens questions but doesnt answer them.

  • jorkusmalorkus


    19 giorni fa

    4:14 nice

  • fred flintstoner

    fred flintstoner

    19 giorni fa

    Mrs Richards: " I paid for a room with a view !"
    Basil: (pointing to the lovely view) "That is Torquay, Madam."
    Mrs Richards: "It's not good enough!"
    Basil: "May I ask what you were expecting to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically past?..."
    Mrs Richards: "Don't be silly! I expect to be able to see the sea!"
    Basil: "You can see the sea, it's over there between the land and the sky."
    Mrs Richards: "I'm not satisfied. But I shall stay. But I expect a reduction."
    Basil: "Why?! Because Krakatoa's not erupting at the moment?

  • ΞDR


    20 giorni fa

    11:56 FYI that is not the dynamic brake thats the reverser the the dynamic brake does not look like that

  • Stephen Nuchia

    Stephen Nuchia

    20 giorni fa

    The conclusion says two mistakes but there was a third, restarting the pipeline without fixing the isolation valves was insane and the film never revisits that issue.

    • DougsterCanada1


      7 giorni fa

      Great point!

  • tird108


    20 giorni fa

    If they would have broke the airlines loose between the cars and the locomotive that should lock all brakes up

  • JacksonGuitarsPlayer ‘97

    JacksonGuitarsPlayer ‘97

    20 giorni fa

    What a nice area

  • JacksonGuitarsPlayer ‘97

    JacksonGuitarsPlayer ‘97

    20 giorni fa

    Just casually taking a shower and you then feel rubble and then IRON plow into you killing you instantly.

  • JacksonGuitarsPlayer ‘97

    JacksonGuitarsPlayer ‘97

    20 giorni fa

    I don’t fricken get how some can live by railways

  • BlueSpiritFire1


    20 giorni fa

    What do you *MEAN* THEY DIDN'T FILL IN THE WEIGHT!? oh my GOD I hate the companies in this.

  • Jaron Burstyn

    Jaron Burstyn

    20 giorni fa

    The 80s were terrible for trains San Bernardino CA and Hinton Alberta

  • Bartosz Laszczak

    Bartosz Laszczak

    21 giorno fa

    This runaway train is like in the movie the adventure begins.

  • TheIronlefty


    21 giorno fa

    Unstoppable 2

  • Diana Smith Reyes

    Diana Smith Reyes

    21 giorno fa

    Isn’t there a break in the front

  • Brett Victory

    Brett Victory

    22 giorni fa

    San Bernardino is a sh#%ole. It is racked with poverty and dilapidated houses. I wouldn’t raise my family there if you paid me or gave me a free house.

    • Z


      3 giorni fa

      some people don't have a choice, Brett.

  • Joshua Morgan

    Joshua Morgan

    23 giorni fa

    sad that they dont fet a monument

  • Astronomy Demon

    Astronomy Demon

    23 giorni fa

    9:20 ah, I see what ya did there

  • ThePixelatedHashtagWithScreeching


    23 giorni fa

    4:16 heh

  • Coolbreeze


    24 giorni fa

    The narrator needs to learn English I've no idea what a kilometer is

    • Coolbreeze


      21 giorno fa

      @Good Life that certainly cleared things up LOL

    • Good Life

      Good Life

      21 giorno fa

      Lol.......It's a Meter that weighs a Kilo, or a Kilo that is a Meter long :)

  • Abdulla Obaid

    Abdulla Obaid

    25 giorni fa

    Oh I thought a train is disaster

  • BunnyMaloneyNinjagoRules2001


    25 giorni fa

    0:47 I stole the video when I use that

  • drstevenrey


    26 giorni fa

    All this screams loudly of total incompetence. Then again, we're in America. Competence is a rare thing all around.

  • Morgan Pollard

    Morgan Pollard

    26 giorni fa

    Minor anachronism: the Southern Pacific locomotives would have been painted in the red-and-grey "Bloody Nose" paintjob at that time. This reenactment depicts SP 8278 in the yellow-and-red Kodachrome paintjob used for the failed merger

  • Marcos


    26 giorni fa

    These railroad companies are so rich and they don’t take care of simple maintenance. People died because of their greed

  • astrid vvv

    astrid vvv

    26 giorni fa

    Mayday consistently goes above and beyond in the quality of their storytelling and narrative weaving, achieving this in part by the way they utilize reenactment scenes.
    Meanwhile, the majority of documentary styled television shows have always been unconcerned with the quality of their reenactment scenes. It's clear that for these directors, the main purpose of reenactment scenes is to take up visual space in order to break up the perceived monotony of constant talking head style interviews. As a result, the whole thing became sorta like a pre-internet meme. Some of them were so hilariously bad that it sometimes seemed intentional. Think Unsolved Mysteries in the 90s, for example.
    Mayday chose a totally different method in the way it utilizes reenactment scenes. And Holy J. Frig was it ever effective. They chose talented, skilled actors and put a whole lot of effort and money into the quality of production. I've watched as many episodes of Mayday Air Disasters as I can find on YouTube, and there have been so many instances where their actors are so ridiculously skilled that it feels like we're watching actual, legitimate pilots as they work to navigate real life disasters in progress. It's more than just line delivery or other technical acting skills. They somehow manage to transform into pilots in a way that feels so authentic. They have mastered portraying that inherent airline captain authority, cool and in charge. Brave and methodical. Capable and in control. That can't be easy to do, yet they've found many actors who specialize in exactly this.

  • Ron B

    Ron B

    27 giorni fa

    "And so a person couldn't help but go and their mind go to where what if that this thing could happen again" Say what??? Hopefully this guy wasn't the English teacher at the local school.

  • Ron B

    Ron B

    27 giorni fa

    34:24 Charlie Batten, accident investigator, NTSB says houses in the area were "incenurated." Pretty pathetic that a man in his position does not know the correct word is "incinerated."

  • The T-90 that stares into your soul

    The T-90 that stares into your soul

    28 giorni fa

    Poor Kodachrome units

  • shawn jackson

    shawn jackson

    28 giorni fa

    B uh

  • Tara LoCastro

    Tara LoCastro

    28 giorni fa

    It's a story as old as time itself: profits over people. People always lose.

    • adam ruiz

      adam ruiz

      16 giorni fa

      Also that rules and regulations are bathed in the blood of the innocent

  • Jwrailv&e


    28 giorni fa

    One more comment two weeks after, when something is a documentary on something in America please say mph I have no clue what 177 kph even is ),:

    • Megan Proffitt

      Megan Proffitt

      21 giorno fa

      110 miles per hour