Metrolink: $200 Million To Settle Deadly Crash

LOS ANGELES – Southern California’s Metrolink commuter rail system and Connex Railroad have decided to pay the maximum $200 million liability for a collision that killed 25 people and injured more than 100 in 2008.

Metrolink’s board chairman, Keith Millhouse, says the commitment is being filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court.

Millhouse says $200 million is the maximum liability for a train accident under federal law.

Investigators believe the commuter train’s engineer was texting when his train ran a red light and collided head on with a freight train in the San Fernando Valley. The engineer was among those killed.

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