|California Train Crash Leaves 10 People Dead
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GLENDALE, Calif. -- A commuter train smashed into an SUV left on the track by a suicidal man early Wednesday, derailed and crashed into another train, authorities said. Ten people were killed and more than 100 injured. The SUV driver changed his mind about suicide and left the vehicle before it was hit, Police Chief Randy Adams said.
California Train Crash Leaves 10 People Dead
January 26, 2005 3:29 p.m.
GLENDALE, Calif. -- A commuter train smashed into an SUV left on the track by a suicidal man early Wednesday, derailed and crashed into another train, authorities said. Ten people were killed and more than 100 injured.
The SUV driver changed his mind about suicide and left the vehicle before it was hit, Police Chief Randy Adams said. The man will be charged with homicide, he said.
Cars from both Metrolink trains derailed and some landed on their sides, sending passengers tumbling down the aisles, authorities said.
"This whole incident was started by a deranged individual that was suicidal," Mr. Adams told a news conference at the scene of mangled railcars in the suburb north of downtown Los Angeles.
"I think his intent at that time was to take his own life but changed his mind prior to the train actually striking this vehicle," the chief said. The man, identified as Juan Manuel Alvarez, 26 years old, of Compton, Calif., stood by as the southbound Metrolink train struck his vehicle, derailed and hit the northbound train, Mr. Adams said.
Mr. Alvarez had also tried to slash his wrists, authorities said.
It was the worst rail accident in the U.S. since March 15, 1999, when an Amtrak train hit a truck and derailed near Bourbonnais, Ill., killing 11 people and injuring more than 100.
Firefighters picked through twisted wreckage and carried injured passengers from the trains to a triage center set up in a nearby parking lot.
One commuter train was headed from Los Angeles's Union Station to downtown Burbank, and the other was bound to Union Station from Moorpark, Metrolink officials said. The accident happened a little after 6 a.m. local time.
"I heard a noise. It got louder and louder," said passenger Diane Brady, 56, of Simi Valley. "And next thing I knew the train tilted, everyone was screaming and I held onto a pole for dear life. I held on for what seemed like a week and a half, it seemed. It was a complete nightmare."
As the cars tumbled off the tracks, one of the Metrolink trains struck a parked Union Pacific car, tipping it onto its side, said Kathryn Blackwell, a spokeswoman for Union Pacific Corp. in Omaha, Neb.
In a light rain, firefighters climbed ladders into windows of a battered train tipped onto its side.
Nearly 300 firefighters were at the scene and 35 ambulances were taking injured passengers to hospitals, officials said.
Dazed passengers, some limping, gathered at tables in a nearby store, while the injured sprawled on color-coded mats in the parking lot: red for those with severe injuries, green for those less seriously harmed.
Metrolink began service in 1992 and operates seven lines, part of a multibillion-dollar transportation network aimed at reducing pollution and congestion in Southern California.
why are people stupid??? i mean, i can see wanting to kill yourself, but why come up with a plan that could also kill hundreds of other people who may not have a death wish??? and then he doesn't even go through with it!!! ::deep breath:: okay, i'm done.