California Law Will Ban Cell Phone Use by Train Operators Amid Chatsworth Metrolink Crash

In less that a week after the deadly Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth, the California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a policy in California that would prohibit railroad operators from the personal use of cell phones and other wireless devices.

Speculation has increased over the cause of the crash, and reports surrounding the use of a cell phone to send text messages have become a focal point of investigation. Two teenagers from Chatsworth have told local news agencies that they received text messages just moments before the crash from Robert Sanchez, the engineer who is being blamed for the cause of the crash.

The emergency order proposed by the CPUC will also call on the Federal Railroad Administration to institute further safety measures on all railways in the United States. It is expected that the CPUC will vote for the emergency order this Thursday, September 18. It is expected to pass unanimously.

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