The 1978 Santa Barbara Earthquake: The Train Wreck
Just ten minutes after the earthquake, a freight train was
moving at approximately 50 miles per hour through Goleta when the
conductor noticed a kink in the tracks. The train derailed, but
fortunately no one was seriously hurt.
It might have been a different matter, however, if the Amtrak train
scheduled to arrive later in the afternoon had gone through first.