The Simi Valley and other parts of California are grieving tonight as the death toll in Friday's Metrolink train crash has risen to 26. There's still no final conclusion about the cause, but there are reports that the engineer was text messaging on a cell phone. Could updated safety equipment have prevented the incident? What are commuters doing tonight? Also, does the state have a budget--or an accounting gimmick the Governor just might not sign? Photo: Southern California deals with the aftermath of deadly train crash, by David McNew/Getty Images News
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Almost eighty days into the new fiscal year, the State Assembly and Senate finally are working on a budget compromise based in part on paying this year's bills with next year's revenues, but it's not clear that Governor Schwarzenegger will go along.
Mayor Villaraigosa rode the Metrolink train from Chatsworth to Union Station to demonstrate faith in its safety. At least 26 people have died after Friday's head-on collision with a freight train using the same track in the opposite direction.
Justino Aguila, Staff Writer, LA Daily News
Francisco Oaxaca, Manager of External Communications for Metrolink
Matthew Melzer, Spokesperson for the National Association of Railroad Passengers
Bill Fulton, Rice University