Today marks a painful anniversary for the families of those who died, and survivors of a crash of a Ventura County bound Metrolink train.
It was September 12th, 2008 when the commuter train collided head on with a freight train in the Chatsworth area. 25 people died, and more than 100 were injured. Many of the dead and injured were from the Moorpark, and Simi Valley areas.
A National Transportation Safety Board investigation found that the Metrolink’s train engineer had been sending cellphone text messages while driving the train, and missed a red light because he was distracted. Metrolink, as well as the contractor who operate the train agreed to pay a $200 million dollar settlement to the families of those who died, and survivors.
That’s the maximum amount required by law. But, some say the amount is inadequate, want Veolia to pay more. The company rejected the requests.
Amtrak engineers are now running the Metrolink trains.