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calendar   Wednesday - April 01, 2020

Let Him Catch Hell

I’m not the one who drives the train
Nor even rings the bell
But if that train should jump the tracks
It’s me who catches Hell.

Lunatic Casey Jones Tries To Sink Hospital Ship With Locomotive

SAN PEDRO, LOS ANGELES (KABC)—An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks at high speed near the Port of Los Angeles in an attempt to crash into and damage the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors say.

The Pacific Harbor Line train derailed Tuesday, running through the end of the track and crashing through barriers, finally coming to rest about 250 yards from the docked naval ship.

Federal prosecutors allege train engineer Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was “suspicious” and did not believe “the ship is what they say it’s for.’”

The train crashed into a concrete barrier at the end of the track, smashed through a steel barrier and a chain-link fence, slid through one parking lot and then a second lot filled with gravel and hit a second chain-link fence. It came to rest after passing under a ramp leading to the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The train remained in that position Wednesday.

No one was injured in the derailment, but the train leaked fuel that required a hazmat response.

The U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy received its first patients Sunday after docking at the Port of Los Angeles.

Authorities say Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally, but said he did not plan in out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.

He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included “You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will.”

Officials say video from inside the train’s cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.

Moreno has been charged with one count of train wrecking, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

To be an honest journalist, it wasn’t the whole train, just the locomotive. And it didn’t actually derail as much as it went off the end of the in a siding, knocking down the stop barrier, a steel highway barrier, some concrete lane divider barriers, and a couple hundred yards of pavement. The guy may be loco, but his idea had merit; it was flat, open, and paved the whole way from the siding to the ship. Except the pavement wasn’t made to support 200 tons of engine on sharp edged wheels. It dug in and eventually came to a stop. Plus the stern of the hospital ship wasn’t quite up against the dock, so the choo-choo would have had to swim the gap. And choo-choos are the worst swimmers out there.

I’d tell you how much this particular locomotive weighs, but I’m a bridge spotter not a train spotter, so I don’t know my engines. Looks pretty damn big to me though.

Send this lunatic to the the rubber room for 100 years. 


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