Metrolink engineer sent text message moments before fatal crash
World_Groove | October 1, 2008 at 12:31 pmby
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More sad developments in the Metrolink saga.
A Metrolink engineer sent a text message from his cellphone seconds before he slammed into an oncoming freight train in an accident that killed 25 people and injured 135 others last month, federal authorities said today.
Engineer Robert M. Sanchez sent the message at 4:22 p.m., 22 seconds before he hit the Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth on Sept. 12, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said in a written statement. In all, Sanchez sent 29 text messages while he was on duty the day of the crash, the NTSB said.
One wonders if there isn't a lawsuit to be had against cell phone companies for not providing warning against texting and operating machinery.