A deranged man, Juan Manuel Alvarez, 26, of Compton, apparently thinking of commiting suicide and then deciding not to, parked his SUV on some train tracks and watched as a commuter train collided with it in Glendale, California killing at least 10 people. Alvarez was also said to have slit his wrists. More than 100 others were injured in the accident.
The first thing that popped into my mind was whether Alvarez is an illegal alien? We shall see.
"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."
Nearly 300 firefighters were at the scene in the suburb north of Los Angeles 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.
One of the dead passengers was identified as a 23-year veteran of Baca's department, Sheriff's Deputy James Tutino.
George Touma, 19, of Burbank, said he was called by his mother, who was on one of the Metrolink trains.
"She told me she was bleeding in the head and her arm was really hurting," said Touma, who was searching for her. "I'm really worried because she has vertigo and when I tried to call back she wouldn't answer." He said she told him of hearing "sequential loud noises and then somebody pulled her out of the train while it was burning."
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