One reported dead in wake of Baldwin Park Metro crash

Officials at the scene of a Metrolink crash in Baldwin Park report that at least one person is dead in the wake of an accident at Francisquito and Garvey.

No specifics were available on the age or name of the victim.


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Engineer sent text message 22 seconds before fatal crash

From the Associated Press:

Federal investigators say the engineer of a Metrolink commuter train sent a text message 22 seconds before the collision with a freight train in Chatsworth last month that killed 25 people.

The National Transportation Safety Board said today that cell phone records of Robert Sanchez show he received a text message a minute and 20 seconds before the crash, and sent one about a minute later.

Investigators are looking into whether Sanchez was distracted when he ran through a red signal and collided with a Union Pacific train Sept. 12.

The records also showed that Sanchez sent 24 text messages and received 21 messages over a two-hour period during his morning shift. During his afternoon shift, he received seven and sent five messages from his cell phone.

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