March 1, 2009

Train driver sent/received 57 SMS on the day of the crash

Cellphone text messages reveal that an engineer whose commuter train collided head-on with a freight train last year, killing 25 people, sometimes allowed teenagers to ride along with him, reports The New York Times.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Sept. 12 collision in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles killed 25 people aboard the Metrolink train and injured dozens of others. There is no evidence that any teenagers rode the commuter rail with Mr. Sanchez on the day of the crash.

... Safety investigators have said that Mr. Sanchez received and sent 57 text messages while on duty the day of the crash, including one 22 seconds before impact.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related:

-- Cellphone Use Banned For Train Workers

-- Cell-phone ban sought for California train operators

-- Reckless Text Messaging Possible Cause Of LA Deadly Train Collision

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