Have you ever asked yourself, “What good could come out of an accident?” Well, on January 8th, 1902, there was a train crash in Grand Central that helped it become the useful and safe terminal it is today. During this time, New York City’s population was increasing, and a vast amount of people were traveling in and out of the city. In fact, it is evident that the terminal was busy as one train would rush through the 96th street tunnel every forty-five seconds. During the morning rush hour, Engineer John Wiskar was driving the train to the Terminal through the 96 street tunnel. As he hurled down the station, he never saw the green flare that meant “proceed with caution.” As he traveled further downtown, he did not realize the red flare nor hear his fireman yell, “Red! Red!” A loud gong rang in the distance signaling Wiskar to stop, even though he rushed past it. This caused the train to crash into the back of a Connecticut train in the station, killing fifteen people instantly, two more people who died later, and many more were injured. “It was the worst railroad accident ever in Manhattan.” The public was horrified by the reaction, and a law was signed banning the steam trains in New York City. By 1908, a full plan was made to renovate the terminal and make it possible for electric trains to run into the city by constructing new rails, making new procedures, and installing the third rail. Today, all the trains in the Metro-North and even the city’s subway system are all running with the third rail. This helps the engineers to actually see the red light instead of not having their view blocked by the ashes, cinders, and smoke inside the tunnel. People felt more comfortable after the trains ran on electricity, making the trains and the terminal run safer and on-time!