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Feds: Man intentionally derailed LA train near hospital ship

Feds: Man intentionally derailed LA train near hospital ship

Created: April 02, 2020 12:30 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a train engineer intentionally drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital ship docked there amid the coronovirus crisis.

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The locomotive crashed through a series of barriers before coming to rest more than 250 yards from the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Mercy on Tuesday. Nobody was hurt.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Eduardo Moreno was charged with one count of train wrecking.

Authorities say Moreno said he was suspicious of the Mercy and believed it had an alternate purpose related to COVID-19.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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