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Metrolink Supervisors Taken off the Job

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Metrolink yesterday fired two supervisors who oversaw train engineer Robert Sanchez, who was behind the controls of the train that slammed into a freight train killing 25 people last year September. But the two supervisors are not really not fired, per se, becuase they're employees of Connex, Metrolink's contractor for employees. Rather, the two supervisors were taken off the job and will be replaced. From the LA Times: "'The unauthorized text-messaging, the 'ride-alongs' and other unacceptable behaviors are all a reflection of Connex's failure to monitor its employees,' said Metrolink board Vice Chairman Richard Katz... Although agreeing that safety is its first priority, the company said, 'We take exception to the allegations made as to their reasons for taking this action, but will not debate it in the same way they have chosen to deliver it.'"