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The engineer responsible for the Metrolink commuter train crash was known to improperly use his cell phone while on duty

The only surviving crew member of the Metrolink commuter train disaster told federal investigators that a few months before the collision, he had previously complained to a supervisor about the engineer’s improper use of his cell phone while on duty. The head-on collision with a freight train resulted in 25 people dead and 135 injured when the engineer failed to stop at a red light.

A mere two days before the collision, the crew member had asked the same supervisor whether Metrolink had addressed the issue. Yet on the day of the crash, while on duty, the engineer had sent and received 57 text messages, including one just 22 seconds before the impact. The L.A. Times article can be found here.