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      Union Pacific Hoping Judge Gives Okay to Install Cameras to Watch Crews

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      OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- At least two major U.S. freight railroads are trying to install cameras in their locomotives to make sure crews are following rules and avoiding cellphone use.

      Union Pacific filled a court action this week asking a federal judge to declare that it has the authority to install the cameras under the railroad's labor agreements. Kansas City Southern railroad won a similar lawsuit last month over the objections of labor unions.

      Installing these inward-facing cameras to monitor crews was recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board after the 2008 collision of a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific train in southern California that killed 25 and injured more than 100.

      Metrolink did install cameras after that crash, which was blamed on a distracted engineer sending text messages.

      Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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