Authorities investigating a deadly early morning commuter train derailment outside of Los Angeles say eleven people died and more than 200 people were injured. Shortly after 6 a.m. on January 26, 2005, a southbound Metrolink commuter train slammed into a parked car on the railroad, causing five to seven cars to derail and collide with another southbound Metrolink train and an empty, idle Union Pacific train. Juan Manuel Alvarez, 25, was reportedly attempting to commit suicide but changed his mind and left his SUV on the tracks, causing the train wreck. Prosecutors have charged Alvarez with 11 counts of murder. The accident occurred in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Nearly 80 safety teams from Los Angeles, Pasadena and Ventura counties were involved in the massive rescue operation.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Los Angeles Fire Department say more than 200 passengers may have been injured, dozens critically, in the derailment. Dozens of ambulances took at least 100 passengers to area hospitals while paramedics treated hundreds more on the scene. Nearly 400 firefighters searched the twisted wreckage for injured passengers.
If you or a family member was injured in the Metrolink commuter train accident on January 26, 2005, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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