Metrolink adds cameras to monitor engineers.
Posted on Oct 08, 2009
After the Metrolink head-on crash last year that killed 25 people and injured hundreds more, the commuter train service announced this week that they will be installing cameras to monitor the locomotive cab as well as the front of the train.
Train regulations prohibits engineers from using cell phone use and texting while operating the train, but Robert Sanchez, the Metrolink engineer was found to have been text messaging just seconds before the crash.
Unions representing the nations’ train engineers oppose installing cameras in the trains but Metrolink is firm in its decision. In addition to camera, there will be audio available too.
Metrolink is Southern California’s major regional commuter rail service connecting Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and Riverside regions to Los Angeles. If you have been injured in a mass transit accident, you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer that has experience negotiating with state and county officials as well as insurance companies. Some of these cases can be quite complex.