Metrolink evaluating train car safety in wake of accident

AP News
Posted: Sep 03, 2015 8:30 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Metrolink is evaluating the safety of its crash-resistant cars and removing them from the front of trains in the wake of a deadly Southern California derailment.

Cab cars include an engineer's station. They're used when a locomotive is pushing a train from behind.

The cars involved contain features designed to reduce deaths and injuries. Metrolink has used dozens of them since 2010.

One car was on a train that collided with a truck near Oxnard, California, in February, killing the engineer and injuring 27 passengers.

The Los Angeles Times ( says Metrolink wants to determine if a plow-like attachment on the car failed, allowing debris to get under the wheels and derail the car.

Metrolink plans to lease locomotives to place in front of the cars during the evaluation.