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Metrolink Engineer Sent Text Message Seconds Before Crash

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From NBC News: The engineer of a Metrolink commuter train sent a text message 22 seconds before the collision with a freight train in Los Angeles last month that killed 25 people, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said that cell phone records of Robert Sanchez show he received a text message a minute and 20 seconds before the crash, and sent one about a minute later.

Investigators are looking into whether Sanchez was distracted when he ran through a red signal and collided with a Union Pacific train Sept. 12 in suburban Chatsworth.

The records also showed that Sanchez sent 24 text messages and received 21 messages over a two-hour period during his morning shift. During his afternoon shift, he received seven and sent five messages from his cell phone.