LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The company that employed the engineer blamed for the deadly 2008 crash of a Metrolink train in Los Angeles won’t add more money to a $200 million victim’s compensation fund.
Metrolink and French-based Veolia Environment settled lawsuits by setting up the fund for family and survivors of the Chatsworth crash, which killed 24 people and injured nearly 100. A Veolia subsidiary, Connex, employed the engineer who was texting when the commuter train hit a freight train.READ MORE: Southern California Airports To Get Millions From Biden Administration Infrastructure Law
The two trains crashed in the Chatsworth section of the San Fernando Valley after the Metrolink train blew a red signal. A CBS2/KCAL9 investigation subsequently found the engineer, Robert Sanchez, was exchanging text messages with teenage train enthusiasts just before the crash.
A judge this month said the money was inadequate but it was all he could approve because of a federal cap on damages. Congress set the liability cap in 1997 to help keep passenger train systems like Amtrak in business when faced with major lawsuits.READ MORE: CSU System Likely To Drop SAT, ACT For Admission
Eighteen congressional members then asked Veolia to voluntarily contribute more money.
But the Ventura County Star says Veolia’s CEO refused in a July 19 memo that said Metrolink should be accountable.MORE NEWS: Water Main Break Floods Cahuenga Blvd. In Hollywood Hills
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