15/05/2001 Crazy Eights freight train halted after running unmanned
VHS Newsreel: Runaway Train In Ohio 2001
Runaway train out of Toledo Ohio
AWVR...Unstoppable This is what inspired the movie.
The Crazy Eights incident occurred when a CSX Transportation freight train of 47 cars, including some loaded with hazardous chemicals, ran uncontrolled for two hours at speeds of up to 51 miles per hour (82 km/h). The train's engineer had climbed down from the locomotive to fix a misaligned switch but had been unable to reboard it. The runaway freight train was eventually halted by railroad crew in a second locomotive.