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L.A. Train Crash Inquiry Targets Engineer's Actions

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L.A. Train Crash Inquiry Targets Engineer's Actions

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L.A. Train Crash Inquiry Targets Engineer's Actions

L.A. Train Crash Inquiry Targets Engineer's Actions

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Federal investigators say a Los Angeles commuter train engineer missed two verbal safety checks just moments before he slammed head-on into a freight train Friday. They're also trying to determine whether the engineer — who died in the crash — was using his cell phone.

The crash killed 24 others.

Kitty Higgins of the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday night that her agency is talking with teenage train buffs who say the engineer sent them a text message about a minute before the collision.