Skip to comments.Prosecutors: Engineer deliberately ran train off tracks in attempt to smash the USNS Mercy
Posted on 04/01/2020 4:41:10 PM PDT by Brown Deer
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 Thursday.
No one was injured in the derailment, but the train leaked fuel that required a hazmat response.
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."
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.
The Mercy arrived at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend. The Navy hospital ship was brought in to handle non-coronavirus patients, to help ease the burden of local hospitals that are surging with COVID-19 cases. The ship has about 1,000 hospital beds, with some 800 active-duty doctors, nurses and medical staff on board. It is expected to stay in Los Angeles at least until September or until it is no longer needed.
1 9mm hollowpoint to the back of his head please!
What was his Freeper name?
How far offshore was the ship anchored? Some magical thinking is involved here, unless it was docked near the rail spur.
“Drivin’ that train, high on cocaine. Eduardo, you better watch your speed.”
49 cards shy a full deck
What an idiot.
Cue Twilight Zone music. This guy is nuts. Dropping some heavy duty stuff.
Perhaps a freeper?
Silver Streak seems appropriate.
How about a terrorism charge? Trump should throw this in MSN and CNN’s face for their harmful rhetoric.
San Pedro is an illegal alien, EBT, multicultural s*hole.
... And the home of the USS Iowa.
Got to be more to this story. Anyone have background info on Mr. Chattanooga Cuckoo?
Well, “they” say it’s a “US Navy” ship, if you’re dumb enough to believe “them”. But it’s really a:
1. Alien ship from the planet Zork
2. A Muslim stalking horse
3. An outpost of the DNC plot to seize power
4. A Trojan horse from the Chinese commies
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.”
I know what’s going on. Crazy people drive trains in California.
Hard to tell from the video...maybe somebody from the area has a perspective on it. They show the locomotive and the ship but not in the same camera shot.
“People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will.”
Hmm, not sure I quite get his logic there.
nope “ Eduardo Moreno” prob second generation hispanic american and straight up democrat.
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