Victims of California Rail Crash That Killed 25 Offered $200 Million Settlement

A Southern California commuter rail system and one of its former contractors have offered to pay $200 million to victims of a 2008 train crash that killed 25 people and injured more than 135, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The offer, which comes just months before a trial for damages is set to begin, stands to be one of the costliest rail accident settlements in U.S. history. If approved in court, it would clear Metrolink, the rail system operator, and its former train operating contractor, Connex Railroad, of any additional liability.

The deadly crash was caused by a contract engineer employed by Connex who ran a red light while text-messaging on a cellphone, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The Metrolink train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles.

Attorneys for the victims said the cost of the crash is much larger than the proposed settlement. They said the offer simply aims to stay within the federal government’s $200 million liability cap for passenger rail accidents.

It’s not clear where additional compensation would come from. But U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., whose district is home to many of the victims, said he probably will introduce legislation that would raise the liability cap for accidents of this kind.

Metrolink said the proposed settlement would bring victims and their families relief soon, rather than having to wait years for a trial to finish.

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One comment to “Victims of California Rail Crash That Killed 25 Offered $200 Million Settlement”

  1. sarah

    we are letting technology ruin our lives, if we want social networking why don’t we invite each other over for tea instead. I’m 25 years old and if this keeps its pace i don’t want to see what it will be in 20 years. Technology is great if it is used only for what its good for, cell phones are wonderful for driving in the car and you get into an accident and need to make a call, or taking a phone with you on vacation. The internet is great for shopping, you can find things from all over the world and have them at your door in a matter of days, or look up quick facts that may help you in different situations. But Face book come on.. what good does it really do, do you really need to check Lisa’s status 5 times a day or update your status and if you do that’s sad. I am not on Face book or any other networking (time wasting) site. If i want to know how my family/friends are ill call them or go to see them and have a real interaction, and if someone really cares about me then they will call or visit me, I don’t want to be a button on their computer away, I’m worth more then that. Computer games are another story…. kids and adults could spend half the time they spend on computer games & the internet and learn a whole new language or instrument or learn to play a sport or cook, anyone of those things would help them out a lot more in life then Face book or silly games. And if you don’t believe me then re-read the article above and think about all those lives lost forever over a stupid text and every time you use or abuse technology log the time you spend on it and see what you could be doing instead.

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