The Latest: 10th anniversary of Los Angeles rail disaster

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on 10th anniversary of Los Angeles rail disaster (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Relatives of victims marked the 10th anniversary of a disastrous head-on collision of a commuter train and a freight train in Los Angeles.

The gathering Wednesday at Union Station honored the 25 people killed in the crash in the Chatsworth area on Sept. 12, 2008.

More than 100 others were injured after the Metrolink train went through a red signal. Investigators believe the train’s engineer, who was killed, was texting at the time.

Daughters of Doyle Souser, who was killed, rang the bell that was aboard Metrolink 111, while Souser’s wife Claudia recited the names of all the victims.

An exhibit of safety improvements that include technology known as positive train control and energy-absorbing rail cars is on display.

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8:08 a.m.

Observances will mark the 10th anniversary of a disastrous head-on collision of a commuter train and a freight train in Los Angeles.

Memorials are planned Wednesday at downtown’s Union Station and in the Chatsworth area of the western San Fernando Valley where a Metrolink passenger train and a Union Pacific freight crashed on Sept. 12, 2008.

Twenty-five people were killed and more than 100 others were injured after the Metrolink train went through a red signal. Investigators believe the train’s engineer, who was killed, was sending text messages at the time.

The Union Station event will include a ringing of the bell that was aboard Metrolink 111 and an exhibit of safety improvements since then that include technology known as positive train control and energy-absorbing rail cars.

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