Train operators in California are now banned from cell phone use while on duty, under a temporary order by state regulators.
The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously passed an
emergency order Thursday to ban the use of cell phones and other
personal electronic devices while operating a train. It comes less
than a week after a Southern California commuter train ran head-on
into a freight train, killing 25 people and injuring more than 130
Federal authorities confirmed that the Metrolink train engineer
was text-messaging on his cell phone while operating the train.
Authorities say he ran a red light and slammed into the freight
train in Chatsworth on Friday.
Thursday's order temporarily prohibits the use of cell phones by
railroad employees on the job until the PUC determines whether the
ban should be permanently adopted.