NTSB conducts visibility test at train crash site

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal investigators are conducting their final site tests along the section of track where a Los Angeles commuter train crashed head-on with a freight train last Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board's Kitty Higgins says stand-in engines are being used to determine when the trains came "into view" with each other before colliding.

A friend of one of the 25 people killed in the crash was on hand to watch the test. Lilly Varghese says she was there because her friend "lost her soul here."

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation that would require the installation of technology to automatically engage the brakes of a train that misses a signal or goes on the wrong track. She says she believes it would be "criminal negligence not to do so" in light of Friday's crash.

The commuter train engineer apparently missed a stop signal just before the collision.

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


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