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.

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

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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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