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Survivors want increase in Metrolink crash settlement

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Theres an effort under way to increase the settlement in a 2008 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth.

There's an effort under way to increase the settlement in a 2008 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth. (KABC Photo)

There's an effort under way to increase the settlement in a 2008 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth.

Tuesday, survivors and relatives of the victims met with the contractor who employed the engineer on the train.

They want Veolia Transportation to consider providing compensation of up to $350 million, $150 million more than the federal cap on damages.

Survivors say the crash changed their lives forever.

"Every day I live in pain," crash survivor Sheryl Santor. "Every day I have to get up and feel that pain and deal with the consequences of that in my everyday life that I didn't have before."

Twenty-five people were killed and 135 were injured when a Metrolink train collided with a Union Pacific train on September 12, 2008.

The engineer who ran a red light while texting is blamed for the crash. He was killed in the crash.

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