In mountains of debris, no cell phone found…yet.

I love people.  I especially love people who make ridiculous statements.

In a commuter train crash in LA on Friday, there may be evidence that the engineer was exchanging text messages with two teenagers on the train minutes before the crash.  Since investigators think it likely that the crash was caused by human error (i.e., the engineer ignoring a signal to stop), the text messages may have played a role.  Metrolink does not allow train operators to use cell phones while on duty, so if the engineer was texting, he would have been breaking policy.  However, no one has been able to recover the engineer’s cell phone as yet, so it might not have been him texting at all.

This is what the wreckage looks like:

Um yes.  I can barely distinguish the people in this photo.  Really, you think you’re going to find a cell phone in this mess?  Try again.

Even better, the woman who first stated that the crash was caused by human error resigned when Metrolink’s board said she spoke too soon.  So, a day after the crash, a spokeswoman says human error caused the crash and gets bashed for it.  Two days later…another spokeswoman is telling us, guess what, human error caused the crash.  Thanks, guys.

Also of note – the train was speeding.  It was going 42 mph in a 40 zone.



  1. JH said,

    September 15, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    The saddest part of this, is that we can send a spacecraft to Mars, but we cannot put a simple warning bell on a train, that tells the Engineer that you just missed a visual signal. We trust in a human to see a light, and not have a backup device that alerts the engineer. This is pathetic.

  2. muskrat said,

    September 15, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Gee, the NYC subway system has had automatic brake trippers on their signals for years. I can’t believe Metrolink does not use a similar technology.

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