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Appeals court rules in favor of Metrolink

June 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A state appeals court has ruled in favor of Metrolink, essentially protecting the agency from negligence claims in connection with a deadly January 2005 crash.A suicidal man parked his SUV on the tracks in Glendale causing two trains to derail. Eleven people were killed in the crash.

At issue is Metrolink's use of the 'push-pull' mode of operation. Trains are pulled by a locomotive one way and then pushed when they go in the opposite direction.

Plaintiffs alleged that when trains are pushed, their cars cannot act as a buffer during a crash.

 

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