The term "train wreck" is also used metaphorically to describe something disastrous yet inevitable, or distasteful yet morbidly fascinating ("You don't want to stare, but you just can't look away"). Train accidents typically produce a wide variety of passenger injuries, prompting emergency room personnel to use the slang term "train wreck" to describe a person with multiple medical problems.
In software development, method chains of the style: getThis().getThat().getTheOther() are referred to as "train wrecks". The term is pejorative because their use breaks the Law of Demeter in addition to being stylistically cumbersome.
Within Dance Music circles, a "train wreck" occurs when a DJ or mixer blends two songs together, but doesn't sync the rhythms accurately, creating an overlap in bass beats. If the DJ does not correct for this before switching over to the audience speakers, the reaction of the audience is akin to a train wreck.
Barrasso: Obamacare Is a "Train Wreck" for Taxpayers, Families "The People Wanted Real Health Care Reform, but Washington Democrats Instead Gave Them a "Train Wreck."
Apr 23, 2013; WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The following information was released by Wyoming Senator John Barrasso: Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso...