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A California train disaster that occurred less than four years ago on Sept. 12, 2008 causing 25 deaths and 135 injuries in Chatsworth, CA, was the catalyst for the passage of The Rail Safety Improvement Act in 2008.

Photo shows rescue workers in front of the Metrolink locomotive lying on its side after penetrating the lead passenger car (left) in the Chatsworth, CA railroad accident in 2008.

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COLTON, CA – Six rail cars of a Union Pacific train jumped the tracks and tipped over in Colton, CA on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 and then struck another BNSF train running alongside it on parallel tracks.

Six rail cars of a Union Pacific train derailed in Colton, CA on October 18, 2011 and then struck a BNSF train running on tracks next to it. Photo credit: ABC News 7

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ANAHEIM, CA – In an apparent suicide, a man stepped in front of a Metrolink train at La Palma Avenue in Anaheim, California. Sgt. Rick Martinez said that at about 6:00 am Wednesday morning, August 25, and unidentified man walked in front of an oncoming train at La Palma near Pauline Street and stood there as the train approached.

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WASHINGTON DC – On Monday, May 17, 2010, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced the proposal of a rule that would ban the improper use of electronic devices by railroad employees while on duty. The announcement was made by U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in his ongoing campaign to stop distracted driving.

Cell phones and handheld devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs)

A PDF of the Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register can be downloaded here.

The proposed rule is the latest in a number of actions taken by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to combat distracted driving. Secretary LaHood initially announced plans by the DOT to vigorously pursue steps to reduce the risks posed by distracted driving during a Distracted Driving Summit in September 2009. ... Read More

LOS ANGELES, CA – Metrolink conductors and engineers are objecting to  an agreement between Metrolink and its new operator, Amtrak because it would require crews to pass personality tests in order to keep their jobs.

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Two railroad unions are objecting to the agreement and are threatening a boycott of the new personality-profiling tests that are being required in the wake of the disastrous Chatsworth crash in 2008 that killed 25 people. ... Read More

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