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Metrolink examining safety of state-of-the-art rail cars in wake of Oxnard crash

Metrolink examining safety of state-of-the-art rail cars in wake of Oxnard crash

The Metrolink commuter railroad announced Thursday that it will evaluate the safety of dozens of new crash-resistant passenger cars — the type officials claimed reduced casualties in the collision of a truck and train near Oxnard this year. Officials are trying to determine whether a possible design flaw in the cars played a role in the derailment that injured 27 Metrolink passengers and killed the train's engineer.  The evaluation involves so-called cab cars, passenger coaches with an engineer’s station. They are at the front of trains when they are pushed from behind by locomotives — a common practice used by the nation’s commuter railroads when trains...

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