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Railroad Safety Cameras

Julie Hawkins

Railroad Safety Cameras

CREATED Aug. 22, 2013

Omaha, NE - Two major U.S. freight railroads are looking at installing cameras in their trains, to make sure crews are following rules and staying off their cell phones.

Union Pacific is asking a federal judge to grant them the authority to install the cameras under the railroad's labor agreements.

Just last month, Kansas City Southern railroad won a similar lawsuit over the objections of labor unions.

The National Transportation Safety Board actually recommended installing the inward-facing cameras to monitor crews after the 2008 collision of a Metro link commuter train and a Union Pacific train in southern California.

25 people died, and more than 100 people were hurt.

The train's engineer had been sending text messages prior to the collision.

Metro link did install cameras shortly after that crash.