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Text Messaging May Have Contributed to Metrolink Crash

Workers pull and push the engine of a Metrolink commuter train, that in the September 12 head-on collision with a freight train, to clear the crash site on September 14, 2008 in the Los Angeles area community of Mission Hills, California. 24 people were killed in the crash and a 25th died in a hospital. 95 of the 222 passengers were critically or seriously injured. Metrolink is putting the blame on a Metrolink engineer who was killed in the crash for not stopping for a red light so the freight train could pass on a parallel track. It is the worst rail disaster in Metrolink history and worst in the US for 15 years. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images North America) 

Robert Sanchez, the Metrolink engineer who ran a commuter train into a freight train last month, may have been distracted by text messages.

Information on his cell phone activity revealed that Sanchez had sent a text message just 22 seconds before the crash that killed 25 and injured another 130 in Chatsworth, California on Sept. 12. The National Transportation Safety Board released the information early Wednesday.

More from CNN:

"After the incident, California Public Utilities Commission banned train operators from texting on the job.

In pushing for the ban, Commission President Michael Peevey said cell phone use by engineers "may have been a factor" in train accidents this year in San Francisco and Sacramento, California.
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