Windsor Star

Text messaging figures in L.A. train wreck probe

- LOS ANGELES

Investigat­ors of a Los Angeles train wreck that killed 25 people are looking into reports that an engineer blamed for missing a stop signal light may have been distracted by text messaging moments before the crash, officials said on Monday.

Three days after a Metrolink commuter train plowed head-on into a Union Pacific freight locomotive, the probe focused on operation of trackside warning signals and whether the Metrolink engineer may have failed to heed them.

Some 135 people were injured in the crash, more than 40 of them critically, in the deadliest U.S. rail tragedy in 15 years. Officials briefly raised the death toll to 26 on Monday before revising it back to 25.

A local TV station, KCBS, reported that a teenage train enthusiast claimed to have received a cellphone text message from the commuter train engineer about a minute before the collision.

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