LOS ANGELES -- The first legal claim has been filed in Friday's deadly Metrolink crash.
The family of a 19-year-old woman killed in the train collision is accusing Metrolink of failing to employ available safety mechanisms to protect commuters.
Aida Magdaleno, a student at Cal State Northridge, was one of 25 people killed in Friday's collision.
Her family said the tragedy could have been avoided had Metrolink installed a collision avoidance system called positive train control.
"I don't want another Aida to go through the same thing," said her brother, Juan Magdaleno, 33.
"There's risk for everything, and one of those risks when you get on a train is there's a chance the train might hit a car.
But to hit another train?"
A spokesman for Metrolink declined to comment on the claim.
Attorney Paul Kiesel said the family filed the claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, to get Metrolink to install technology that could prevent similar crashes in the future.
"The easy part is two trains shouldn't come together on a track to take the lives of people in 2008.
The more complicated piece is they have the technology to prevent this from ever happening again. Now is the time to put it in place," Kiesel said.
The president of the California Public Utilities Commission said he will ask the Federal Railroad Administration to require automatic train stop systems on all freight and passenger trains that share tracks in the state.
"I will also urge the FRA to approve the implementation of positive train control, a more complex form of automated train control. These safety measures are especially important in Southern California, which has a very high number of commuter trains that share tracks with freight trains," said Michael R. Peevey.
Through an interpreter, Aida Magdalenos' father, Juvenal, said his daughter was stolen from the family in the prime of her life.
Magdaleno's brother, Miguel, said she usually sat in the last car of the train, but authorities believe she was a passenger in the first train car on Friday.
The family waited for 12 hours after the crash to hear news about the youngest of the five Magdaleno children. "We were expecting the worst, and that's what they gave us," said Miguel Magdaleno.
First Lawsuit Filed in Metrolink Crash
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