LOS ANGELES -- The Metrolink board will meet Friday to discuss a lawsuit that the commuter rail line has filed against the company that provides it engineers.
The suit against Connex Railroad LLC, a subsidiary of Veolia Transportation, was filed in federal court this week. The action begins a process of seeking judicial guidance on who will bear responsibility for last month's accident in Chatsworth, which killed 25 and injured 135.
Metrolink officials have voiced strong concerns about evidence indicating the engineer violating ban on cell phone use by sending and receiving text messages just minutes before the crash happened.
The matter is expected to be discussed at today's meeting of the Metrolink board. The federal railroad administration issued an emergency order in the wake of the crash banning the train operators from using personal electronic devices.
Some legal observers say the collision -- the worst rail accident in California in 50 years -- could provide the first real test of a $200 million federally imposed cap on damages associated with train accidents.
A spokespersoin for Veolia Transportation said the company had just learned that the suit had been filed and could not comment.
Metrolink attorney John H. Ernster had no comment, but confirmed that a representative from his firm would attend today's meeting.
Metrolink Suing Company that Provides its Engineers
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