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Metrolink crash: NTSB finds inadequacies

March 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
In Washington, D.C., the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a second day of hearings Wednesday into last year's deadly train crash in Chatsworth.Twenty-five people died after a Metrolink engineer ran a red light and collided with a freight train. That engineer had been sending and receiving text messages on his cell phone prior to the crash.

At the hearing, NTSB members noted that current rules designed to prevent such safety violations are clearly inadequate.

One new proposal being considered is the installation of cameras in train locomotive cabs.

Also at Wednesday's hearing, officials with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a train worker union, called for having a second person in the cab at all times as an added safety measure.


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