National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials
investigating a Metrolink commuter rail collision that killed 25 people in Chatsworth, Calif.,
on Sept. 12, say they want to review cell phone records to determine if the
engineer blamed for running a stop signal before the crash may have been text
messaging, according to an Associated Press report.
The NTSB, which confirmed two days later that the engineer
killed in the crash had failed to stop at the final red signal, says it is
planning to review cell phone records of two 14-year-old boys and the engineer
after the teens told a local TV station that they received a text message from
the engineer shortly before the crash. The boys were reportedly part of a group
of youths who befriended the engineer and asked him questions about his work.
The NTSB did not find a cell phone belonging to the engineer
in the wreckage, but will request his cell phone records, as well as those of the two
boys, according to published reports.
The commuter train carrying 220 people rolled past stop
signals Friday before crashing head-on into a Union Pacific train in
Chatsworth. The accident, which is the deadliest rail disaster in 15 years in
left train cars so mangled that some bodies had to be removed in pieces. The
crash injured 138 people.
Services resumed Monday for the daily commute with Metrolink
officials planning on using buses to complete trips in areas that are still
closed due to the NTSB’s ongoing investigation. Regular riders said the number
of commuters Monday was far short of a normal day, according to the Los Angeles