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Company Knew About Metrolink Engineer's Cell Phone Habit

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Lawyers for victims of the deadly Chatsworth Metrolink train crash in September say that engineer Robert Sanchez regularly used his cell phone while on the job. An "employee complained to the company about the use of a cell phone by engineer Robert Sanchez, but the company ignored the complaint," the lawyers said. Veolia, the company contracted by Metrolink to supply engineers, apparently had "busted" Sanchez a few months before the accident during a routine field test, the laywers also said. Sanchez, who died, sent a text message 22 seconds before the commuter train crashed head on with a freight train killing 24 other people on September 12. Veolia says they have a strict cell phone ban policy, but are not discussing the crash as the federal investigation is still ongoing and due to litigation.