Human Error May be to Blame for Fatal Crash

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink officials believe a fatal crash may have been caused by human error.

At least 17 people were killed, and as many as 135 people were injured when a crowded commuter train collided with a freight train outside Los Angeles Friday. The NTSB is investigating the crash.

“At this time, Metrolink’s preliminary investigation has revealed that yesterday’s incident may have been the result of human factors and/or the railroad signal system on Metrolink’s part,” Metrolink said in a statement. “We will be working with the NTSB to complete a thorough investigation as to the exact cause of yesterday’s collision.

“Our number one priority is the safety of our passengers and when we complete our work with the emergency response agencies on site, we will be working closely with the National Transportation Safety Board and other agencies to determine the cause of the collision and to ensure that everything possible is done to prevent a tragedy of this type from occurring again,” Metrolink added.

— Railfanning.org News Wire