Four people who sustained personal injuries and the mother of a passenger who died in the collision of a Metrolink train and a freight train in Chatsworth, California have filed negligence suits against the company that employed the engineer of the Metrolink train.

On December 23, suits were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court naming Veolia Transportation Services Inc., Connex Railroad, and the estate of Metrolink Train No. 111 engineer Robert Sanchez as defendants. Metrolink Train No. 111 crashed while traveling from Union Station to Moorpark.

The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages from the suit.

Sanchez was a subcontractor employed by Veolia Transportation and its subsidiary, Connex Railroad.

One of the suits was filed by Patricia Hammersly. Her 45-year-old son, Michael Hammersly, was one of 25 passengers on the Metrolink Train No. 111 who died in the collision.

Others who filed suit include Simi Valley resident Frank Kohler, Moorpark resident Eric Welling, Simi Valley resident Phillip Thiele, and Camarillo resident John Freed, all personal injury victims of the crash.

According to a preliminary federal investigation of the crash, Sanchez may have run a red light signal shortly before the crash occurred. He allegedly had also been text messaging in the moments leading up to the crash.

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