16 Sep 2008

Crash investigators look into text-to-engineer claim

6:28 pm on 16 September 2008

Investigators looking into the cause of a Los Angeles train crash that killed 25 people are checking claims that the engineer blamed for missing a stop signal may have been distracted by a text message.

A local TV station is reporting that a teenage train enthusiast received a text from the engineer a minute before the collision.

The Metrolink train plowed head-on into a Union Pacific freight locomotive, injuring 135 people, more than 40 of them critically, in the deadliest United States rail tragedy in 15 years.

The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to access the cellphone records of the teenager and the engineer who died in the crash, but the latter's phone has not been found.