A group of Californians in Congress is pressing rail giant Veolia to pay out more money to the victims of the deadly Metrolink crash that took place in Chatsworth in September of 2008.
The Californians’ letter is addressed to the chairman of the board of Veolia. The rail and bus conglomerate operated the Metrolink train that crashed into a freight train in Chatsworth nearly three years ago. Twenty-five people died as a result of the collision and more than 100 people were injured.
The bipartisan group, which includes California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein as well as several other Californian congresspeople, wants Veolia to pledge more money to compensate crash victims.
Veolia, along with Metrolink, has pledged $200 million, but the judge handling claims says damages have topped $230 million.
The lawmakers want the company to “step forward” so, in their words, “victims receive justice.” They cite the National Transportation Safety Board conclusion that says the “probable cause” of the accident was a distracted Metrolink engineer that ran a red stop signal because he was sending text messages.