Rail workers are prohibited from using cell phones and other electronic devices, and they could face fines or removal from their jobs if they violate the ban, under an emergency order issued by the Federal Railroad Administration. The ban was issued in the wake of preliminary evidence from the National Transportation Safety Board that indicates that a Metrolink engineer in a Los Angeles train wreck that killed 25 people allegedly was sending a text message or about to send one when the accident occurred, according to this article.

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