NTSB finds the Metrolink engineer at fault for the 2008 Chatsworth accident

Yesterday afternoon, the NTSB issued a press release stating that they had determined the fault of the 2008 collision in Chatsworth between a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train rests with the Metrolink engineer.  The press release states:

The National Transportation Safety Board determined today that the 2008 rail accident in Chatsworth, California, involving a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train, was caused by the Metrolink engineer's prohibited use of a wireless device while he was operating the train.  The engineer failed to respond appropriately to a red signal at Control Point Topanga because he was engaged in text messaging at the time, the NTSB said.

The September 12, 2008 head-on collision resulted in 25 fatalities and more than 100 injuries.  As a result of its findings, the NTSB recommended that the Federal government require audio and image recorders in the cabs of all locomotives and in cab car operating compartments.

The release goes on to describe that the cab cameras are intended as a way for railroad companies to enforce existing operating rules that prohibit the use of phones and other wireless devices for personal reasons while on duty.