LA Metrolink Spokesperson Quits

September 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The main spokesperson for Metrolink has quit after board members of the commuter train board commented on information she released on Friday's deadly crash.Denise Tyrrell told reporters over the weekend that the Metrolink engineer ran a red light on the track shared by Union Pacific Freighters causing the head on crash that killed 25 people.

Federal investigators are looking into whether the engineer was text messaging while guiding the train. A 15-year-old said he had been talking shop with the engineer and received a text message a minute before the crash.

"I want to dispel any fears about taking the train. Safety has to be our number one concern and while accidents can and do happen, taking the train is one of the safest and fastest options for commuters," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Most of the wreckage has been removed from the site, but for now, passengers who normally rely on train service are being bused around the crash scene.

Metrolink officials said they hope to have rail service available for them as soon as this afternoon.


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