If you look on Google Earth, you can see that the collision probably took place on the long sweeping curve just west of Canoga Avenue and just north of Rinaldi street. There is a short tunnel just to the west of the collision point. There are double tracks just south of the collision point.
According to reports as of 6:00 am PDT, this is the worst passenger train accident in the U.S. in fifteen years. 17 killed and 135 injured-85 critical according to the Medical Director of Los Angeles Fire Department. Local reports this morning says that they are still removing victims.
My wife just learned that a fellow teacher she taught with about thirteen years ago was one of those killed. Also a counselor at one of the high schools in Glendale was injured. Hits close to home now.
Actually the Metrolink spokeswoman was NOT FIRED, she was "asked" to resign. Whatever that means. Apparently the Board for Metrolink were in disagreement as to when to announce the early findings. Most legal experts believe that the dollar amount for the upcoming lawsuits would more than pay for a high-tech warning system that would have prevented this accident.
I had to reduce this photo to get it on this site. But this is from Google Earth. Yiu can plainly see the tunnel portal at the upper left hand corner, the sweeping curve where the collision occurred(location point is at the grassy area to the north of the curve)and the switch and signal at the extreme bottom of the photo. That was the RED signal and switch he went through. This engineer passed TWO Yellow signals to the south of this signal leaving Chatsworth station, probably less than a mile away.
Latest report from KNBC 4 in Burbank was that the Metro engineer was diabetic (I'm a diabetic and it could be possible low blood sugar at the time). Also he had a man jump in front of his engine and commit suicide about a month before this accident. The interview that investigators had with the Metro conductor reported that the conductor and engineer had not communicated at all during the last two yellow signals before the red. That YouTube that Vic posted was taken about the same time of day as the accident and you can see how close that switch and signal are to the collision point.
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