Man fatally struck by train in Covina identified

COVINA >> Authorities Wednesday released the identity of a 60-year-old Covina man fatally struck my a Metrolink train.
Michael Martin Olson died at the scene of Tuesday’s 7:20 a.m. incident on a set of train tracks near Sunflower Avenue and Covina Boulevard, Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
Officials initially said it appeared Olson stepped in front of the westbound commuter train, but it was unclear whether the death was a suicide or an accident.
An autopsy was yet to be performed Wednesday, Winter said.

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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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