NTSB to Discuss Fatal Metrolink Wreck

WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a Board meeting on Jan. 21to discuss a fatal 2008 Metrolinktrain crash.

At 4:22 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2008, Metrolink commuter train 111 and a Union Pacific freight train collided. As a result of this head-on accident, there were 25 fatalities and numerous injuries.

On the day of the wreck, the Metrolink engineer, who was responsible for the operation of the train, received and sent several text messages on his cell phone while he was on duty.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in its Board Room and Conference Center, located at 429 L’Enfant Plaza S.W. in Washington.