Federal investigators to hold hearing on Chatsworth Metrolink crash

The National Transportation Safety Board plans a public hearing in Washington D.C. later this week on the 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink crash. Thursday's meeting will detail the NTSB's final report on the incident, which happened on a fall afternoon a year-and-a-half ago.

That's when a Metrolink train packed with commuters collided with a freight train in Chatsworth. The crash killed 25 people and injured more than 100 others.

Federal investigators say the Metrolink engineer failed to stop at a red light. They say during his shift he received and sent text messages – including one right before the crash.

The NTSB will release a synopsis of the final report on the crash after Thursday's meeting. It will include the agency's findings, the probable cause of the crash and safety recommendations. The agency plans to put the full report online in a few weeks.

The Chatsworth collision was the deadliest crash in Metrolink's history.

The NTSB will air the meeting live on its website. It begins at 6:30am (PST).

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