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Metrolink crash: Red light not as bright

December 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A new report says the brightness of a red light signal may be partly to blame for September's deadly Metrolink crash.A train smashed head-on into a freight train in Chatsworth, killed 25 people.

According to the L.A. Times, federal investigators found that the red light was not as bright as other lights along the track.

The conductor, who was also text-messaging seconds before the crash, ran the light before colliding with the freight train. He was killed in the crash.

Metrolink is already planning to install more visible signal bulbs.

The dimmer red light was preceeded by two yellow lights that warned of the upcoming stop.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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