Engineer Sent Texts Just Before Crash

Feds find message 22 seconds ahead of fatal Sept. 12 train wreck
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2008 3:36 PM CDT
The commuter rail ran a red light and hit a freight train, a federal investigation says.   (AP Photo/Hector Mata)
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(Newser) – The engineer steering the Metrolink train that crashed last month sent a text message 22 seconds before the fatal collision, the Los Angeles Times reports. Robert M. Sanchez sent 29 text messages Sept. 12, a federal investigation reveals. The commuter train ran through a red signal and hit a freight train, killing 25 and injuring 135 in California's worst modern train collision.