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Metrolink Probe: Engineer Let Others Sit at Train Controls

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It's not just that Metrolink engineer Robert Sanchez, who is suspected of causing the deadly September 12th train wreck in Chatsworth, let teens ride with him in the train's cab, it appears he let friends sit at the controls of the train. "I’m gonna do all the radio talkin’...ur gonna run the locomotive & I’m gonna tell u how to do it," he texted to a rail enthusiast two days before the crash, reported the LA Times who is covering a hearing about the crash in Washington D.C. Letting someone ride-along in the cab is a serious violation of the law--this is even worse--but it appears that no one was with him the day of the crash. However, the investigation did find that Sanchez sent a text message 22 seconds before his Metrolink commuter train slammed into a freight train.