Engineer Was Texting Seconds Before Crash
The engineer implicated in a train accident last month that killed 25 people in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley sent a text message from his cell phone 22 seconds before the crash, federal investigators said today.
Federal investigators combed through the cell phone records of 46-year-old Robert Sanchez, who was killed in the crash, and found the text message, which was sent at 4:22 p.m., the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement.
Investigators are still trying to pinpoint what caused Sanchez to run through a red-light signal and collide with a Union Pacific train Sept. 12 in Chatsworth, Calif.
The accident, which also injured 130 people, was the deadliest rail mishap in the United States since 1993.
Attention has turned to text messages sent and received by Sanchez since several teenaged "train enthusiasts" told television reporters from Los Angeles' CBS2 that they had been communicating with Sanchez moments before the crash.
But Sanchez's brother, John P. Sanchez, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times, said he feared his brother's reputation was being unfairly tarnished before all of the facts could be gathered and asked for a "more thorough investigation into whether Metrolink signal lights, radios and other safety equipment were functioning."
By Derek Kravitz |
October 1, 2008; 6:16 PM ET
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