Los Angeles Metrolink Commuting: Is It Safe?

The Chatsworth crash between a Metrolink commuter train and freight train, which has killed at least eighteen and injured more than 130, is not the first deadly accident to occur since Metrolink began operating in 1992. In 2005, eleven people died when two Metrolink trains and a freight train collided in Glendale. That accident was triggered when Juan Manuel Alvarez parked his Jeep Cherokee on the tracks in what he said was a suicide attempt. He has since been convicted of murder.

Metrolink was faulted for its configuration of the commuter trains, some of which are pushed from the back in a “pusher configuration,” leaving passengers in the first car vulnerable in any collision. Lawyers and experts argued that, if the heavier engine was in front, fewer passengers would be at risk. As a result, Metrolink roped off the first car in some of its trains. Today, passengers are permitted in the first car of a “pusher configuration” car, but only in the rear portion.

While it is unclear whether the Metrolink train involved in the Chatsworth crash was a “pusher configuration” type train, it is clear that seating in the rear of Metrolink commuter trains is safer than sitting in front

Rice & bloomfield Our Approach
  • We're Ready for Anything
    To us, there’s no such thing as over-preparing. Even if your case is straightforward, we’ll have Plans B and C ready to go in case the matter escalates or goes to trial.
  • We Cut to the Chase
    If you choose to work with us, you’ll see that we don’t make false promises. We set clear, realistic expectations from the get-go so you can make informed decisions.
  • We Work As a Team
    We handle the vast majority of our cases individually to save our clients money, but we brainstorm together to ensure we’ve examined the possibilities from every angle.
Get A Free & Confidential COnsultation Contact Us

Whether you have questions or you’re ready to get started, our dedicated team is ready to help. Complete our form below or call us at (818) 600-7966.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.