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Text Messaging May Be Responsible For LA Train Collision

September 15, 2008 10:32 PM EST | AP

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LOS ANGELES — Federal investigators say a signal light at the site of a deadly train collision in Los Angeles worked normally and there were no obstructions that would have prevented the engineer from seeing the red light.

The National Transportation and Safety Board also said Monday night it has requested cell phone records to investigate whether the Metrolink engineer was text messaging before his commuter train collided with a freight train last Friday.

The agency says the Metrolink train rolled past stop signals at 42 mph and forced its way onto a track with a Union Pacific freight.

The Metrolink engineer, Robert Sanchez, was among 25 people who died.

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