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    LA Train Crash - at least six dead

    There has been a very bad train crash in CA today.
    From our state news, it looks very likely that many more have died.

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/index

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    Yikes! This looks awful. Thanks for the heads up.

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    10 deaths, now...

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    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...TAM&SECTION=US

    SoCal train wreck death toll rises to 17

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    I beleive I heard this morning that there are still 17 or more folks that are still unaccounted for.. they ar bringing in big equipment to pull the wreakage apart in an attempt to locate the missing.. and the rescue workers are working in very very short shifts due to the horrific nature of the inside of the cars...

    My prayers to those injured and the families of those who lost loved ones.

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    17 dead

    There is no excuse for this. I used to take not Metrolink but the straight metro and the conductors were always careful when coming to a convergence of two tracks. I wonder if the conductor of the freight was sleeping. Fatigue is a likely cause. How tragic. And here in LA it is already hard to get people to take public transportation. If this is some piss ant avoidable mistake I will be very upset

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    A slide show. Sometimes still pictures capture these things best.

    http://www.ktla.com/pages/photo_gall...ryID=922#20101

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    OMG it is just horrific. So sad, those poor people. I am waiting to find out why this occurred. They should know where these trains are at all times. I hope it is not human error, because I would hate to be that person. It's just heartbreaking. Just the idea of that locomotive imploding into the first passenger car.

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    Just reported on KFI640 that the preliminary investigation looks like the metrolink engineer ran a red light

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilpony View Post
    OMG it is just horrific. So sad, those poor people. I am waiting to find out why this occurred. They should know where these trains are at all times. I hope it is not human error, because I would hate to be that person. It's just heartbreaking. Just the idea of that locomotive imploding into the first passenger car.
    Hi LP

    Looks like human error. Metrolink spokesperson just held a pres conference.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    Just reported on KFI640 that the preliminary investigation looks like the metrolink engineer ran a red light
    OMG, NO!! I hope that isn't true!

    Hi Bean....

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    Oh goodness, I wonder if he feel asleep.

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    Metrolink: Engineer error likely train crash cause

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5g...YFgNAD9360SPG0

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Metrolink commuter rail service says the probable cause of the collision that killed at least 18 people was the failure of a Metrolink engineer to stop his train at a red signal.
    Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said Saturday the engineer worked for a subcontractor that has been used by Metrolink since 199

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    Another link with details

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080913/...rain_collision

    Another link with good details and two victims identified. Why did the engineer work for a subcontractor and not for the MTA? That way they can make sure they have the training they need. I hope they look at the subcontractor. I wonder if he ran the light on purpose. It reminds me of that Egyptian pilot who seemed to deliberately take a plane down a few years back. Remember he was heard praying on the tape? I hope this wasn't the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittles View Post
    A slide show. Sometimes still pictures capture these things best.

    http://www.ktla.com/pages/photo_gall...ryID=922#20101


    You're right about the stills. Horrific to look at, though.

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