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NTSB Report Blames Metrolink Crew In 2008 Crash

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RIALTO (AP) — Federal safety officials say Metrolink engineers are probably to blame for a 2008 accident in which a commuter train scraped against a freight train entering a siding east of Los Angeles.

KNX 1070’s Bill Cooper reports.

The collision caused four minor injuries and $25,000 in damage.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday released a final report that said engineers failed to brake in time to stop the train at a red light.

After the November 2008 mishap near Rialto, Metrolink officials began ordering trains to slow to 40 mph or less as they approached red signals.

Two months before the accident, another Metrolink train ran a red light and collided with a freight train in Chatsworth. The accident killed 25 people and injured 135.

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