Friday, October 3, 2008

Text-messaging moments before train crash

A commuter train engineer apparently was exchanging text messages on his mobile phone moments before his train ran a red light and slammed into a freight train, resulting in 25 deaths. Following the crash, state railroad regulators temporarily banned the use of all cellular devices by anyone at the controls of a moving train. Federal railroad regulators also issued an emergency order banning most cellphone use by locomotive engineers.

See, "California Bans Texting by Operators of Trains," New York Times, September 18, 2008, at; "Railroad Agency Bans Cellphones," New York Times, October 2, 2008, at

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