The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Engineer Had Green Light

Oct 6, 2008

On September 12, a horrific train crash near Los Angeles killed 25 passengers and injured 135. Among the dead was the Metrolink commuter train’s engineer. Within hours, Metrolink blamed the train engineer for running a red light. Later they blamed him for not paying attention because of sending text messages on his cell phone.

Even the head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation said that the NTSB tests showed that the engineer had run a red light.

But news reporters located three different witnesses who said the light that was supposed to be red was actually green.

And the NTSB tests were not ones that could positively say yes or no about the light! They relied on computer data and on the functioning of other lights.

In this day and age, satellites watch every inch of the globe, and anyone can buy a GPS unit accurate within ten feet. Yet no investment in this technology is made to protect train riders’ lives–except for one light connected to a computer!

Instead the bosses and the government invest in nothing but a campaign to blame a worker–preferably one who, like the engineer, is no longer alive to defend himself.

Because lies are cheaper than safety precautions.