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New details on the Chatsworth train collision

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Lori Shepler/Los Angeles Times

Crews began repairing the damaged railroad tracks on Saturday and will continue today.

UPDATE:   There’s some management fallout from that Metrolink train crash.  Spokesperson Denise Tyrrell has resigned.  Speaking for Metrolink, Tyrrell announced on Saturday the commuter train engineer had blown past a red signal and probably caused the accident.

Apparently, Tyrrell quit after being criticized by Metrolink board members for making that announcement. 8:02 p.m.

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office has dropped the death toll back down to 25.   6:48 p.m

UPDATE: Death toll has risen to 26.    2:14 p.m.

Metrolink’s Ventura line remains shutdown today due to that deadly train wreck in Chatsworth on Friday. In order to get passengers around the crash site, the Metrolink is providing a fleet of commuter buses, which are running on the same schedule as the trains.

Fewer than the number of normal riders boarded Metrolink trains this morning. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rode one of the trains during rush hour to help bolster public confidence in the transit system.

National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation to determine what caused a Metrolink train to slam head-on into a Union Pacific freight train. Last night, NTSB spokesperson Kitty Higgins said the preliminary findings show the Metrolink train “… went through the signal.” Federal investigators are still trying to figure out why that happened.

The day after the terrible crash, Metrolink took the unusual step of announcing its engineer had ignored a red signal and probably caused the accident.

The death toll stands at 25. More than 130 were injured.

This is the deadliest train accident in the nation in at least 15 years.

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