Metrolink Engineer May Have Sent Text Message Moments Before Crash
r 12, 2008
CHATSWORTH -- According to preliminary reports, the Metrolink engineer may have been text messaging from the cab of the train using a cellular telephone moments before the devastating crash.
The engineer supposedly sent a text message to a friend at 4:22 p.m. The crash happened just one minute later, at 4:23 p.m.
Earlier Saturday, a Metrolink spokeswoman confirmed that the commuter train engineer failed to stop at a red signal before the train carrying 222 people collided head on with a freight train in the San Fernando Valley Friday afternoon, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens more.
The investigation into why the engineer failed to stop continues.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the search for bodies in the aftermath of a deadly train crash ended Saturday afternoon and no more bodies or survivors have been found.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa confirmed the number of dead at a Saturday morning news conference near the scene of the deadly crash.
Governor Schwarzenegger held a brief news conference with Mayor Villaraigosa and reassured commuters that train travel was a statistically safer way to travel when compared to autos.