Service honors victims of Chatsworth crash

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A plaque lists the victims of the Chatsworth Metrolink accident. A memorial service Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of the accident.
TRAINS: David Lassen

CHATSWORTH, Calif. — A memorial service Wednesday honored the 25 people killed in the Sept. 12, 2008, collision of Metrolink and Union Pacific trains.

About 200 people attended the service, held near the accident site on the 10th anniversary of the crash, the Ventura County Star reports. It was hosted at Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship by L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander, who represents the area where the accident occurred. Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks chimed a bell for each of the victims as their names and short biographies were read. Twenty-one of the 25 victims were from Ventura County, including 10 from Simi Valley.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the collision occurred when Metrolink train No. 111 ran through a red signal because its engineer was distracted by receiving and responding to a text message, colliding moments later with a Union Pacific local. The accident helped lead to the ongoing effort to install positive train control nationwide. [See “A decade after Chatsworth wreck, risk of ‘tragic’ accidents remains,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 12, 2018.]

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