Engineer tries to ram speeding train into US Navy hospital ship over fears that COVID-19 is ‘leading to a government takeover’
- An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks near the USNS Mercy, a hospital ship providing relief to Los Angeles-area hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the US Justice Department.
- The train operator allegedly confessed and said that he wanted to “wake people up,” believing that the Mercy “had an alternate purpose related to COVID-19 or a government takeover.”
- The train came to a stop about 250 yards away from the Mercy, which was not damaged or affected.
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An engineer directed a train at full speed off the end of the track in California, about 250 yards away from the US Naval Ship Mercy, a floating hospital that is providing care during the coronavirus pandemic.
The ship is docked in San Pedro, about 25 miles south of Los Angeles.
Eduardo Moreno, 44, was charged on Wednesday with one count of train wrecking, the US Justice Department said in a press release.
A California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer recounted watching the train barrel at full speed “into a concrete barrier at the end of the track, smash into a steel barrier, smash into a chain-link fence, slide through …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]