Metrolink Blames Dead Engineer for Train Wreck

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2008 4:11 PM CDT
Metrolink Blames Dead Engineer for Train Wreck
Los Angeles City Fire Department firefighters and other local fire and rescue agencies render aid to victims after a commuter train crash in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008.   (DAN STEINBERG)

(Newser) – A commuter train engineer who ran a stop signal was blamed today for the nation's deadliest rail disaster in 15 years, a wreck that killed at least 25 people with more bodies still to be pulled from the wreckage, the AP reports. A preliminary investigation found that "it was a Metrolink engineer that failed to stop at a red signal and that was the probable cause" of the collision, said a Metrolink spokeswoman.

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The engineer, whose name was not released, is thought to be one of the fatalities. "When two trains are in the same place at the same time somebody's made a terrible mistake," said the spokeswoman. More bodies remained in the wreckage of a passenger car, but it was unclear how many. A total of 135 people were injured, with 81 transported to hospitals in serious or critical condition. (Read more train crash stories.)

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