Mayor takes train to ease commuter fears

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he wants to "dispel any fears about taking the train." He spoke as he boarded a commuter train early Monday morning.

The mayor insists that "taking the train is still one of the safest and fastest options for commuters."

Fewer people appear to be using the Metrolink trains in L-A on this first work day since Friday's head-on crash killed 25 people.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the commuter train's engineer, for some reason, ran through a stop signal and crashed head on into a freight train on the same tracks.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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