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September 12th, 2008, 09:38 PM #1Commuter Train Crash in LA
While the country watches the horrific storm situation in the gulf coast, in the LA suburb of Chatsworth, there was a Metrolink commuter train accident a couple of hours ago. The passenger train collided head on with a freight train, each going 60+ MPH.
There are 6 or 7 reported deaths, 60-70 injuries, many critical, that are known, but they are still pulling victims from the wreckage.
From 1990 or so when the service started, until my career change in 2000, I rode a Metrolink line 2-3 times per week. You never thought this kind of thing could happen.
September 12th, 2008, 10:00 PM #2
Yikes - horrific!
September 12th, 2008, 10:42 PM #3
They're saying the death toll could go to 20.
How in the hell can two trains be on the SAME TRACK going towards each other? This Metrolink line has been running the same route 10 times a day for almost 20 years.
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September 12th, 2008, 10:51 PM #4
Devastating news. So many safeguards and it can still happen.
September 12th, 2008, 11:33 PM #5Originally Posted by AffiliateHound
September 13th, 2008, 06:39 PM #6
Today's horrible updates:
Death toll reaches 25, injured exceed 135 with dozens still critical.
Metrolink announces that the engineer on the involved train caused the accident by failing to stop at a red signal to allow the freight train (that had the right of way) to pass.
September 15th, 2008, 09:49 AM #7
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Investigators focus on whether signal was broken or missed
Federal officials rebuke Metrolink for assigning fault too soon. Service may resume late today.
By Louis Sahagun, Scott Glover and Ted Rohrlich, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
September 15, 2008
Federal officials investigating Friday's fatal Metrolink train crash focused Sunday on whether a signal that should have alerted the engineer to stop the train was working properly, and whether it went unheeded.
National Transportation Safety Board member Kitty Higgins said a computer reading indicated the last signal before the collision site was displaying a red light. But she said investigators wanted to make sure it wasn't a false reading.
Higgins criticized Metrolink for saying Saturday that an engineer had been at fault for failing to heed the red signal, causing the crash with a Union Pacific freight train that so far has claimed 25 lives and left 135 injured, 40 critically.
"I don't know on what basis Metrolink made that statement. We really work very hard not to jump to conclusions," Higgins said at a Sunday news conference in Woodland Hills.
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September 15th, 2008, 09:55 AM #8
That's horrible news. My prayers are with everyone that was riding the tram.
September 15th, 2008, 09:58 AM #9
I was amazed of the engineer's confession and the fact that it was released so quickly. There was also a report that the engineer was using his cell phone for texting within a minute of the accident...
September 15th, 2008, 10:09 AM #10Originally Posted by Boomers
Add: Fascinating interview on the local news a while ago - 3-1/2 years ago, as some of you may remember, there was a Metrolink crash (different line) in Glendale, that was intentionally caused by a guy who wanted to kill himself, but changed his mind at the last minute, but who ended up killing 11 in the ensuing crash (He was just convicted of murder and sentenced to 11 life sentences). Well, they interviewed a fellow who survived that crash, and who had also been on this train, but who had gotten off literally two minutes before, and heard the crash as he was driving out of the parking lot.
September 15th, 2008, 10:18 AM #11Originally Posted by Boomers
There should have been a law against that for anyone operating any vehicle for public transportation - school bus (!!), plains, trains, and even duck tours
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