"THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Metrolink commuter rail service says the probable cause of the collision that killed at least 18 people was the failure of a Metrolink engineer to stop his train at a red signal.
Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said Saturday the engineer worked for a subcontractor that has been used by Metrolink since 1998.
She said she had no further details about the signal's location and wouldn't say if the engineer had survived Friday's crash.
The commuter train collided head-on with a freight train in the Los Angeles suburb of Chatsworth."
How can such critical high-safety jobs be outsourced? Do trendy business models have any place in functions involving public health and safety? Is it too late to turn this train around?
Not much is being said any more. It sounds like everyone is pretty burned out now. Commuters were on such a routine that maybe everyone is accounted for at this point. About the traffic lights, there is probably a simple answer for that but what really struck me hard was that a subcontractor was being used as an engineer. You may know how some companies are so proud about the extent of contractor usage - at times like these big accountability questions loom. Someone made some personnel decisions somewhere somehow for some reason and that event is probably what should be studied to prevent this kind of incident anywhere the public health and safety are at stake. There is nothing wrong per se with contractors.
Let's pray for the survivors, I guess. Take care concerned citizen.