LA commuter train crash initiates federal safety board hearing

Los Angeles Metrolink train crash causes two day NTSB hearing in March.

Los Angeles, CA (–The Metrolink commuter rail crash which killed 25 people and injured 135 others will be reviewed in a two day public hearing by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) beginning in March. The Los Angeles Times reported, on Tuesday, the hearings will be held in Washington, D.C. and testimony from Metrolink officials will be heard. Reports and allegations claiming negligence, by Metrolink engineers and crew, caused the catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths of the passengers in the Chattsworth District of Los Angeles train crash.

On September 12, 2008, a Metrolink commuter train crashed with a Union Pacific freight train killing the Metrolink engineer. Reports concerning the engineer’s use of text messaging on his cell phone have caused a media storm since that terrible day. The NTSB and many other federal and state investigators discovered the train’s engineer sent and received 57 text messages the day of the fatal train wreck while on duty. One such message happened 22 seconds before the Metrolink train crashed into the freight train.

Only one Metrolink crew member survived the crash and claims the signal was green for the commuter train. The NTSB panel will investigate and explore many concerns involving the train wreck including safety procedures, operating guidelines, and trackside warning signals.

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