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This Day in History

Today: August 27, 2016
Wreckage of the Metrolink commuter train

October 1, 2008

Text Messaging Possible Factor in Fatal Train Wreck

A Metrolink engineer at the helm of a commuter train in Los Angeles, California, was found to have been text messaging seconds before colliding with a freight train. 25 people were killed in the accident and numerous others were injured. Many states have passed laws enforcing hands-free only cellular use that restricts drivers from the distracted driving inherent in hands-on texting and cellular phone calls.