Los Angles, California (JusticeNewsFlash.com – News Report) – It has been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board that the engineer of the massive train crash had failed to stop at the final red signal. The collision of the freight and commuter trains resulted in the death of 25 individuals. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating whether the driver was actually sending text messages at the exact time of the crash. The NTSA is currently reviewing the cell phone records of two 14-year-old boys and the engineer. The teens had become friends with the engineer and were curious about the train. The boys confirmed that they had received a text message from the engineer just seconds before the crash.
Officials and members of the Metrolink train company believe that the crash could have been prevented with technology that stops a train on the track immediately when a signal is disobeyed. This advanced technology was not yet in the location where the collision occurred. It was also said that audio recordings from the commuter train’s record, display a period of silence as it passed the last two signals before the crash – when the engineer and the conductor should have been performing verbal safety checks. But this could also be from a loss of reception. Metrolink officials stated that a dispatcher had phoned to warn the engineer of the commuter train that he was about to collide with the heavy freight train, but it was too late. Many families and friends are anxious to know what the cause of the crash actually was. Once officials review the cell phone records, there can be more information as to whether the driver was distracted by text messaging. This crash is the deadliest passenger train crash since Sept. 22, 1993.
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