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As you have probably heard, there was a major track accident on Metrolink today. Details are still emerging, but right now, at least 9 10 people are dead because someone parked a vehicle on the tracks, causing one Metrolink train to derail and side-swipe another Metrolink train. The driver of the vehicle on the tracks is alive and speaking with authorities. We just received a note that at least five of our employees were on the southbound train, and several others may also have been on there.

It's my opinion that, if this was intentional, the person/people responsible for this should be charged with multiple counts of murder. If it was not intentional (car stall, out of gas, etc.) then the person is going to need A LOT of physchological and probably spiritual help.

Ironically, I was supposed to take that line later today. Thankfully, I heard about this prior to leaving home today and was able to drive in. Of course, that meant I didn't get to work until about 30 minutes ago.

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rialtus
Jan. 26th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
It's the second major incident in that area in about a year. Sadly, there are many other incidents of the trains hitting pedestrians and/or vehicles who are going around barriers to "beat the train" that don't get a lot of national coverage, but I would sadly expect that this is not unusal occurance anywhere there are commuter trains...?
mizcrank
Jan. 26th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
i agree. that is sad. i saw it on the news this morning before leaving the house.
zarchasmpgmr
Jan. 26th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
the person/people responsible for this should be charged with multiple counts of murder


Supposedly it was a suicide attempt. That makes murder clear - there's motive (killing one's self - remember, suicide is a felony, although indictments are rare), malice aforethought - placing others in danger. And with the number killed, that's special circumstances, so the guy will probably get his wish in about 25 years.

People who start high-speed chases fleeing from the police and who kill innocents should also be charged with murder, for the same reasons. Motive - evading arrest, malice aforethought.

When I first heard that one train had hit a car, I thought there's no grade crossing in that area, so it was probably an abandoned stolen vehicle, which made me even more pissed (and figured that would have been worth first degree murder, special circumstances). Now that it appears to be a suicide attempt gone really bad...I just can't even begin to phathom why someone would do this.
missingdonut
Jan. 26th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification -- I heard about it on NPR and thought that it didn't sound kosher.

I agree in that it makes little sense -- why put others' lives in danger to kill yourself when a gun to the head does it just the same and keeps others alive?
rialtus
Jan. 26th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
According to the info that's out now, they are clearly stating this is a homicide situation that was spawned from a failed suicide attempt. I have also heard that the attempted suicider has previously attempted suicide.

This might be vengence talking, but the worst thing that can happen to this person now is that there will be no special circumstances - forcing the individual to spend life in prison with no chance of parole.

I would not be a good candidate for that jury...

zarchasmpgmr
Jan. 26th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
I definitely would not be a good candidate for that jury, either.
lifewithmikey
Jan. 27th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
Amen and Amen, brother!
riversidedimple
Jan. 26th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
*whew*
As soon as I heard this, my first thought was, "Wait, doesn't Carl take that route?" Since I saw that the accident was in the Glendale area, I knew it was the route. Oh me, oh my, I'm glad to hear you're doing allright.

I now just heard that he will be tried for (as of right now) ten counts of murder, and he's also on suicide watch, since that was his third attempt.

Just be careful on the drive home...I'll be heading right out there in a bit for tonight's huge Clippers/Lakers matchup. =) ...and I know where you work! :-p My suggestion, if you have to leave there around 5-ish; don't! Stick around, take in some food or something, try to leave there by 6 when some of the fans will barely be coming in, coz we know how some of those fair-weather fans can get...coming to the game late, and leaving early....pfft. So, try to leave around 6-ish, and take the 210! Don't take the 60, it's bad...and don't even think about the 10.

When I visited PiR not too long ago, I found a little shortcut that shot me right near the 2 free way, which led to the 134-210 freeway. There was still traffic, but at least I was moving at about an average of 40-45mph. Yes, I consider that traffic. :p From where you're at, you could go up Figueroa until you reach the 134, it should work. :) Okay, that is all. I'm just glad you're okay.
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