Apparently a crash in Los Angeles last week between a commuter train and a freight train was preceded by the engineer exchanging text messages.
According to [reports](http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/09/15/train.collision/?iref=mpstoryview), cell phone records are being examined to see if texting did play a part. Unfortunately, the engineer’s eyes may have been on the texts rather than the tracks.
This is one case where technology can be a hindrance rather than a help.
We’re all tempted to check a text or see who’s calling while driving, or even texting or talking while crossing a busy intersection.
Let’s hope this is not a trend that grows.
(Photo credit: Reuters)