train accidents

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In The News: January 20, 2015

Terrorists threaten to kill two Japanese hostages unless they get $200 million ransom!  CNN “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war drama, took aim at the box office over the long MLK holiday weekend and made history. It grabbed the number one spot and the crown for the most successful winter film opening ever. Oh, and the film is a top […]
Sunday, January 18, 2015

Top fitness expert killed by Metrolink train in Burbank

Burbank Police are investigating a tragic incident involving a Metrolink train. A man was struck and killed by a train north of the Magnolia Boulevard overpass not far from the downtown station in Burbank shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday. The Burbank Police Department has confirmed the identity of the man who was killed in that train versus pedestrian collision as […]
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 […]
Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another Metrolink train crash blamed on a blown red light

It’s happened again. Federal officials are now investigating yet another Metrolink crash in the Southland. This time, a Metrolink commuter train and a freight train banged metal in Rialto on Thursday. Five passengers on the commuter train were injured. This accident was not the catastrophe that occurred in Chatsworth back in September, when 25 people died and more than a 100 […]
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.  […]
Thursday, September 18, 2008

Metrolink engineer was text messaging while on duty

Federal investigators have confirmed the Metrolink engineer was text messaging from his cell phone last Friday, the day of that disastrous train collision. The National Transportation Safety Board investigators subpoenaed the Metrolink engineer’s cell phone records. However, NTSB investigators are not saying if Robert Sanchez was texting right before his commuter train ran head-on into a Union Pacific freight train […]
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 […]