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Was Text Messaging the Primary Cause of the LA Train Crash?

We all know that text messaging and driving are a deadly combo, but what about texting while operating a train? According to SF Gate, The National Transportation and Safety Board is currently investigating whether or not text messaging could have played a part in the deadly Metrolink train collision, which occurred last Friday in LA.

So far, two teens have come forward saying that they received text messages from the engineer Robert Sanchez, who also passed away in the crash, shortly before he failed to stop at the final red signal. Cell phone records and other forms of evidence are being looked at, although Metrolink prohibits rail workers from using cell phones on the job and investigators did not find a cell phone belonging to Sanchez in the wreckage.


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kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
common sense has never been common missmarisol. but i hope the lesson of texting while operating anything is dangerous resonates with people this time.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
Common sense is something that isn't so common anymore.
malexa malexa 8 years
That's really sad to read. Hopefully he wasn't texting though, but we'll probably never know. I'm all for texting and find it to be a great way of communicating with people, since I hate talking on the phone, but obviously you should use common sense when doing so! Texting while driving is just as stupid. This is a very unfortunate event.
devils devils 8 years
I honestly didn't know what to think when I heard this. Actually - I was really pissed for everyone who lost someone. If I lost someone, because someone was TEXTING while operating a TRAIN, or I was injured in the crash because of it, I would have a flip and a HALF with the train company (and well...the conductor himself if he hadn't died). I'm glad those 2 people came forward in telling the police about the texting. if anything, this should maybe help the whole ban on texting & driving cars, planes, trains and anything else carrying people that could be deadly !
syako syako 8 years
If so, that is really tragic that so many people had to die and be injured for the stupidity and lack of common sense from the engineer. I mean, seriously, how is not common sense to not text and drive a TRAIN! :shrug: I want to express my sympathy for all families who lost loved ones in this tragic crash and I pray that we all learn a HUGE lesson from this, if texting was or was not the cause. DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE!
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