On September 30, 2010, Scott Schendel was the engineer on a locomotive heading southbound near Two Harbors, Minnesota. His shift started early that morning – he clocked in at 4:30 a.m. – and the railroad wanted to make sure Schendel’s locomotive returned to Two Harbors before his mandatory twelve-hour on-duty time limit expired. At 4:05 p.m., however, disaster struck: Schendel’s locomotive collided with a northbound train, causing catastrophic damage. Three locomotives and fourteen rail cars derailed, resulting in $8.1 million in damages to railroad property.

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