Special thanks to katprint who notified T&T about this latest report.
The Associated Press is reporting that Federal authorities have confirmed the engineer operating the doomed train, Robert Sanchez, 46, was texting two teens within a minute of the crash. When the allegations surfaced that Sanchez might have been texting while operating the train, The National Transportation Safety Board requested his cell phone records. As of today, the NTSB has not revealed how many messages were found.
Twenty-five fatalities, including Sanchez occurred in the wreck and over 130 passengers were injured.
In May 2002, a cell phone contributed to the crash of two freight trains near Clarendon, Texas. One engineer was killed and operators on the other train sustained critical injuries.
As a result of the federal findings, in an emergency meeting today the California Public Utilities Commission placed a ban on texting on the job.