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Metrolink engineer punished in camera-tampering probe; another is under investigation

One Metrolink locomotive engineer has been barred from the regional commuter rail system and another is under investigation for allegedly trying to block views of new video surveillance cameras that were placed in control cabs with the intention of improving safety.

Agency officials say they are taking the incidents seriously and want to send a message that tampering with the system will not be tolerated. The cameras were designed to monitor train operators after federal investigators found that an engineer’s actions contributed to the deadly 2008 Chatsworth crash.

However, attorneys for the engineers’ union allege the video cameras are creating a safety hazard of their own. Read the full story here.

-- Rich Connell

Video: Test footage, unrelated to recent investigations, shows views captured inside Metrolink locomotives by surveillance cameras. Credit: Southern California Regional Rail Authority

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