Is There a Safe Place to Sit on a Train?

At least two of the passengers killed in this week's Amtrak crash in Philadelphia were sitting in the first two cars — and some experts believe that's the worst place to be in the event of an accident.
Although riders have been killed in all sections of trains involved in collisions or derailments, rail safety lawyer Larry Mann always tells his wife to head for the middle.
Mann, who was the principal author of the Federal Railway Safety Act in 1970, said, "The safest spot in a train, during an accident, is the center of the train." "Because if there is a front-end collision or a rear-end collision, the damages will be greater at those locations. The middle of the train is by far the safest for persons."