If that's how it was, I'm all for it.
Other multi-casualty disasters than actual trainwrecks, like plane or bus crashes, are often treated the same in stories, along the lines of this trope. I think that if there's a focus on the actual disaster, and the plot is about rescue operations and/or figuring out what went wrong, it probably counts. It probably doesn't count if the plot is about the survival of said crash. The film Alive
wouldn't count (but maybe the book), but LOST
does, since while it is largely about survival, there's also a large focus on the actual crash, and on the handling of the crash itself, rather than just "We crashed; how do we survive?".
edited 23rd Aug '12 1:49:54 PM by AnotherDuck