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Metrolink trains are rolling again on the reopened Ventura County line today. Yesterday afternoon on newly repaired tracks, investigators finished the second phase of the sight distance tests; using two trains to re-create elements and conditions of that tragic train collision, which occurred last Friday in Chatsworth.
Once that testing was done, the go ahead was given for Metrolink train 111 to pull out of the downtown Los Angeles Union station, which it did at around 3:35 p.m. It stopped in Chatsworth about an hour later before rolling on to Simi Valley and Moorpark.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Kitty Higgins says the investigators have pretty much ruled out mechanical problems, but are reportedly still eyeing human error.
The death toll stands at 25. More than 130 were injured, some victims are still hospitalized.