NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
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UPDATE ON NTSB INVESTIGATION INTO TRAIN COLLISION IN CHATSWORTH, CALIFORNIA

September 17, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board today released the following update on its investigation into the September 12, 2008 collision between a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth, California.

NTSB investigators asked for records of the Metrolink engineer's cell phone calls and text messages from the service provider. The Board today received some of those records, which indicate that the engineer had sent and received text messages on the day of the accident, including some while he was on duty.

The Safety Board will correlate those records with other investigative information to determine as precisely as possible the exact times of those messages in relation to the engineer's operation of his train.

The Board will provide further information on the progress of its investigation as it becomes available.

NTSB Media Contact:
Terry N. Williams
202-314-6100
williat@ntsb.gov

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.