Railroad Safety and Murder on the Metrolink

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Metrolink is still clearing more than a quarter mile of railroad track after yesterday-s -perfect storm- of an accident. The death toll now stands at 11, with almost 200 injured. Juan Alvarez, who abandoned his car in front of one train, has been charged with murder and he could get the death penalty. Although it will be a long time before the official investigations of yesterday-s disaster are fully complete, safety experts already disagree about whether the human cost was higher than it needed to be. We hear more about operational safety and whether the human cost had to be so high from consumer safety, railroad and engineering experts.
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton