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Plaque honoring Metrolink train crash victims unveiled

September 8, 2009 | 10:54 am

Plaque Metrolink officials unveiled a commemorative plaque this morning at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles dedicated to those who have lost their lives on Metrolink trains.

"[The plaque] was designed to remind us of those who we have lost," said Metrolink Board Chairman Keith Millhouse. He said the plaque also is meant to honor those affected by train accidents, including friends, loved ones and first-responders.

A large group of law enforcement and Metrolink officials, Red Cross workers and train commuters stood watch and applauded as Millhouse removed a black cloth to reveal the large bronze plaque depicting a track nearing a tree-shrouded bend.

Beneath the picture it reads: "`Unfinished Journeys.' In memory of those who have died, With empathy of those affected, In gratitude to those who responded and rescued."

The unveiling comes as the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 12, 2008, Metrolink crash in Chatsworth nears. Twenty-five people died and 135 were injured when the Metrolink train collided head-on with a Union Pacific train.

-- Ruben Vives

 Photo: Metrolink Board Chairman Keith Millhouse speaks at a dedication ceremony for a plaque honoring Metrolink crash victims at L.A.'s Union Station. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.

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