Man Admits Trying to Crash Train Into USNS Mercy

Man Admits Trying to Crash Train Into USNS Mercy

Newser - Crime·2020-04-02 17:07

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(Newser) – A Port of Los Angles locomotive engineer has admitted trying to crash a train into a hospital ship, federal prosecutors say. According to a court affidavit, 44-year-old Eduardo Moreno told investigators that he intentionally derailed the train at full speed because he thought the USNS Mercy might be there as part of a government takeover, not to help with the coronavirus crisis, ABC reports. He said he wanted to "wake people up" and knew the crash would attract media attention. Prosecutors say the train smashed through several barriers before coming to a halt around 250 yards from the Mercy. Authorities say there were no injuries and the ship wasn't damaged, but the derailment caused a substantial fuel leak.

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