Report: Metrolink Never Installed Braking System

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Metrolink officials decided two decades ago to operate the commuter rail line without an automatic braking system although it shares tracks with two major freight lines.

The Los Angeles Times reports Friday that such a braking system could have prevented the Sept. 12 Chatsworth crash that killed 25
passengers and injured 135.

The Times says that according to the contracts the freight lines have with Metrolink, taxpayers would have to foot the bill for such a system, which would cost about $200 million.

Metrolink holds the record as the nation's deadliest rail line with four crashes fatal to 38 passengers since 2000. Two of those crashes, accounting for 27 deaths, involved collisions with freight trains.

Information from: Los Angeles Times,

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