UPDATE: 9/13/2008 at 3:35pm
Death toll has been increased to 25
Deinse Tyrrell, spokeswoman for Metrolink says the probable cause for the Chatsworth Metrolink crash yesterday was a Metrolink Engineer’s error in failing to stop his train at a red light. Metrolink has been hiring its engineers from out outside company since 1998.
Metrolink has released the following statement:
“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. We will be working with the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) to complete a thorough investigation as to the exact cause of yesterday’s collision.
NTSB TO TAKE OVER INVESTIGATION OF RAIL COLLISION
Railroad Investigator Wayne Workman will serve as Investigator-in-Charge and lead the NTSB team. NTSB Board Member Kitty Higgins will serve as principal spokesman during the on-scene investigation. Terry Williams will accompany the team as press officer.
Stay posted for more updates soon.