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  • Investigators today announced that the Metrolink commuter train involved in a crash with a freight train yesterday in Rialto ran past a red signal. "But we don't know why," Ted Turpin of the National Transportation Safety Board told the LA Times. A red stoplight was ran by the Metrolink train that crashed head on with a freight train in September killing 25 in Chatsworth. Yesterday's crash was minor in comparison--five people were injured--but it is...
  • Veolia, the firm hired by Metrolink to supply train engineers has had no comment since the September train crash in Chatsworth that killed 25 people until now. While the investigators have has asked them not to comment on specifics about engineer Robert Sanchez or the crash, they did talk about their cell phone policy. "I think up to this accident, we had the strongest [cellphone] policy in the business given the ones I'd seen," said...
  • A closeup from the rescue effort. Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist On September 12, 2008, Angelenos and the nation watched in horror as emergency personnel responded to what would soon go down as the worst train crash in recent US history when a Metrolink train collided with a freight train in Chatsworth. As investigators continue to probe the incident and Robert M. Sanchez, the Engineer at the wheel on that deadly day, more information is...
  • AP Photo/The Sun, Eric Reed Yesterday morning's crash involving a Metrolink train and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train sent five people to the hospital with minor injuries. The trains were trains in opposite directions and the front locomotive of the Metrolink train sideswiped the 92nd car of the 102-car-long train. What exactly happened is under investigation. "No matter what happened, it's not acceptable," said Keith Millhouse, vice president of the Metrolink board...
  • Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist National Transportation Safety Board investigators released information this afternoon regarding Metrolink Engineer Robert Sanchez' cell phone records. He sent 29 text messages while on duty the day of the crash with the last one sent at 4:22:01 p.m. The However, the NTSB says precise timing of cell phone activity and how it correlates with the crash is still under investigation. According to preliminary estimates, the crash occurred at 4:22:23 pm....
  • "Metrolink officials said an engineer on the Metrolink train that collided with a freight train ignored a signal telling him to stop," reported the LA Times. "Had the engineer stopped, the accident would not have occurred, said Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell. 'We want to be honest in our appraisal,' she said." The engineer, who worked for a subcontractor that has been used by Metrolink since 1998, did not survive the crash....
  • Officials work at the scene of a switch controlling a junction with the railroad siding near the site of the crash (AP Photo/Ric Francis) National Transportation Safety Board investigators continue their probe into Friday's deadly crash that has killed 26 people so far. Tests are so far suggesting that it may have been human error. His cell phone records are being subpoenaed to further look into claims from teen friends that Metrolink engineer Robert...
  • Yesterday, friends, family, co-workers, and community members gathered in Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth to hold a memorial service and dedication of a plaque to honor the lives lost one year ago in the Metrolink-Union Pacific train crash. In addition to the Chatsworth event on Saturday a memorial was held in Simi Valley at the Metrolink Memorial Plaza, which was where Metrolink 111 would have next stopped had the train not collided with a freight...
  • Reverend Donald Ashman, who "leads a small congregation at the Anglican Church of Our Saviour on the Westside of Los Angeles, where he has been for a quarter of a century [and] teaches Latin and world history at Hoover High School in Glendale," was on board Metrolink Train 111 on Friday, September 12th at 4:23 p.m. when it crashed head-on into a Union Pacific Freight Train. Despite his own back injuries sustained in the...
  • LA Now is reporting that interviews with witnesses of last month's deadly Metrolink-Union Pacific train crash have shed light on findings in opposition of the National Transportation Safety Board--and the color of that light just happens to be green. Three observers, including the Metrolink Chatsworth station security guard, claim "that a final, crucial railroad signal was green as the commuter line's engineer headed toward the collision point." Evidence gathered in the NTSB's preliminary investigation indicate...
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