Sunday, February 25, 2007
You may have heard about the Virgin train derailment that happened on Friday evening. It was a London to Glasgow train that came off the track in Cumbria whilst travelling at about 90 mph. What you probably haven't heard, as it's not really the main news story, was that Britain's top gravitational wave scientist (my boss, Prof. Jim Hough) was aboard the train. Luckily he was one of the few people that emerged completely unscathed. Jim isn't the first eminent UK gravitational wave expert to emerge from a major transportation disaster, as a few years back the University of Birmingham's Prof. Mike Cruise survived an bus crash in Austria. Hopefully these two aren't setting some sort of precedent for being involved in transport accidents.