L.A. Metro Train crash - the engineer story gets weirder daily
He died in the crash: Sanchez.
But, the text messages to 14 year old boys (trainspotters?)....
the suicide of his partner,
the suicide that took place on his route w/him at the helm
weeks before by some person on the tracks,
the split shift,
There is no evidence he put the brake on for the final few seconds,
as the other train engineer did for 4 seconds.
No evidence he made any effort to stop at the regular location,
to wait for the commercial train to pass. As riders said normally
Is it possible he did this on purpose?
I hope not.
As for the cries that new technology would have prevented this....hey, they've
known this for decades. L.A. has a history of crashes with the Metrolink - not
this serious though - going back a long, long time. In town, on the outskirts like
this one was, etc. Yes, they should update the system. They've talked about this
for decades for all the trains. Just like the levees. Yeah, we'll do this patch work
and that, and they all pass the buck.
Licensing the engineers would be nice. This was a contracted engineer. What would
prevent him from creating an accident one way or another, if that is what he was hell
bent on doing. Which sadly, it seems he may have been.