UNION STATION (CBSLA) — Metrolink held a ceremony Wednesday at Union Station to honor the memory of those killed and injured in the Chatsworth incident that happened 10 years ago today.

25 people onboard a Metrolink train died when it crashed into a Union Pacific train in Chatsworth on Sept. 12, 2008. More than 100 people were hurt as well.

Investigators concluded the engineer passed through a red light while texting on his cell phone.

During the ceremony Metrolink executives honored the victims’ families.

“It has taken a lot from us. That’s emotionally, financially, in every way,” said Mackenzie Souser, who joined her mother Claudia Souser to honor her father Doyle Mackenzie who died in the tragedy. “It’s hard. When I graduate college he won’t be there. In a couple days my 23rd birthday he won’t be there. And when I walk down the aisle he won’t be there and it’s always going to be a void that nobody else can fill.”

At the ceremony, Metrolink executives praised the safety procedures put in place such as Positive Train Control to make sure this never happens again.


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