Thursday, March 5, 2009

Federal hearing on that Chatsworth train catastrophe & Metrolink orders cameras for its trains

September 2008/Los Angeles Times photo   The National Transportation Safety Board hearing on that horrific train collision in Chatsworth last year is over. The question now is what is going to be done to make sure an accident like that never happens again. There were some startling revelations during the two day hearing in Washington DC about that train disaster on September 12, 2008 that killed […]
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Metrolink engineer sent text message right before train crash

A major development in the investigation of that disastrous crash of a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth last month.  According to a report released today by the National Transportation Safety Board, the engineer of the Metrolink train was text messaging while on duty — and sent one message 22 seconds before the fatal collision.  […]
Friday, September 19, 2008

Emergency cell phone ban for train crews

Google Image In light of that disastrous train collision last Friday, state regulators have taken quick action to ban cell phones for some train employees. National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the Metrolink commuter train engineer was text messaging during his shift on the day of the crash. Yesterday, the state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to immediately impose an on- the-job ban on wireless devices for engineers, […]
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Metrolink trains running through Chatsworth again

  Google file  Image 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 […]
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Feinstein and Boxer call for new railway safety requirements

  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) California U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are on board with installing “positive train control” systems on all major railroads in the country. Feinstein and Boxer joined forces to introduce legislation in congress today that would require the high-tech systems, which are designed to override human mistakes and avoid accidents. “Rail safety experts say a positive train […]
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Feds release some test results in train crash probe

Brian Vander Brug/ Los Angeles Times A rail worker helps test the equipment at the site of that tragic train collision. Investigators are back on the scene of that horrific train crash in Chatsworth today looking for answers and running more tests. Meanwhile, Metrolink riders boarded buses again this morning to get around the crash site. During a news conference last night, National Transportation […]
Monday, September 15, 2008

New details on the Chatsworth train collision

Lori Shepler/Los Angeles Times Crews began repairing the damaged railroad tracks on Saturday and will continue today. UPDATE:   There’s some management fallout from that Metrolink train crash.  Spokesperson Denise Tyrrell has resigned.  Speaking for Metrolink, Tyrrell announced on Saturday the commuter train engineer had blown past a red signal and probably caused the accident. Apparently, Tyrrell quit after being criticized […]
Saturday, September 13, 2008

Train crash worst in Metrolink history

  Lawrence K.Ho/Los Angeles Times UPDATE: Federal investigators are on the scene in Chatsworth today searching for evidence to the cause of the train collision. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the probe. NTSB spokesperson Kitty Higgins says the agency plans  “… to look at everything.” Also, the clean up of the site continues.  Sunday 2:43 p.m. Ken Hively/ Los […]