Train engineer fails in a deliberate attempt to to plow train into US Navy hospital ship in Los Angeles port in an effort to ‘wake people up’ to govt conspiracy
Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro, Calif., was charged with one count of a train-wrecking statute on Wednesday The train
The train engineer intentionally drove a speeding train off a track at the Port of Los Angeles towards a Navy hospital ship because it is part of a government plot instead of an attempt to ease coronavirus burden
Moreno steered the train towards the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Mercy on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release
In his police interview Moreno, who waived his right to counsel, said he did it to ‘wake people up’ to the idea that the ship is there for an ‘alternate purpose’
USNS Mercy arrived in port this week to provide hospital beds for non-coronavirus cases to take the load off regional medical centers expecting a surge of COVID-19 patients
Moreno faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted
The train engineer was arrested after a Pacific Harbor Line train derailed Tuesday morning at the Port of Los Angeles. The engineer allegedly, has admitted that he intentionally ran through the end of the track and crashing through barriers in a bid to damage a US navy ship in the port
Eduardo Moreno, 44, told authorities he intentionally derailed it from the track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Mercy, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Moreno said he did it to try to ‘wake people up’ to the idea that the ship is there for an ‘alternate purpose’ than to provide beds for coronavirus patients.
Moreno of San Pedro, Calif., was charged with one count of a train-wrecking statute in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. He faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years, if he is convicted on the charges.
The USNS Mercy seen [photo], in the Port of Los Angeles was the target of the the train engineer who failed in his bid to turn his speeding train into a wrecking ball when he intentionally drove it off a track towards the Navy hospital ship
Moreno admitted in interviews with law enforcement that he intentionally derailed and crashed the train near the Mercy, according to the criminal complaint.
‘You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to,’ Moreno told investigators, according to the complaint.
‘People don´t know what´s going on here. Now they will.’
Moreno said he was suspicious of the Mercy and believed it had an alternate purpose related to COVID-19 or a government takeover, an affidavit states.
The Mercy arrived in port this week to provide a thousand hospital beds for non-coronavirus cases to take the load off regional medical centers expecting a surge of COVID-19 patients.
In his first interview with Los Angeles port police, the train engineer reportedly acknowledged that he “did it,” saying he was suspicious of the Mercy and believed it had an alternative purpose related to COVID-19 or a government takeover, the affidavit states.
Moreno, who allegedly waived his right to speak to an attorney before being interviewed by investigators, admitted in two post-arrest interviews that he intentionally ran the train off the track because he wanted to bring attention to the government’s activities regarding COVID-19 and was suspicious of the USNS Mercy.
Moreno who told investigators that he acted alone and had not planned the attempted attack, said he knew that derailing and crashing the train would bring media attention and that “people could see for themselves,” referring to the Mercy, according to the affidavit.
Cell phone video showed the locomotive upright in a patch of dirt. It apparently smashed through a concrete barrier at the end of the track, slid across pavement and gravel, and hit a chain-link fence before coming to a rest.
Phillip Sanfield, spokesman for the Port of Los Angeles, said the locomotive never came close to the Mercy.
‘It would have had to have gone several hundred yards through a parking lot and cross a water channel to reach the ship,’ Sanfield said.
‘The tracks are nowhere near the Mercy.’
A small fuel leak was quickly controlled and port operations weren’t seriously affected, Sanfield said.
The officer told authorities that he saw the train, which is used to haul shipping cargo, smash through a barrier at the end of the tracks before it drove through several obstacles, including a steel barrier and a chain-link fence. It slid through one parking lot and another filled with gravel and smashed into a second chain-link fence, according to the affidavit.
Moreno who is not a port employee, apparently was working for Pacific Harbor Line Inc., a train company that handles cargo in the port and connects to major railroad lines, Sanfield said.
He has been charged with one count of train wrecking, prosecutors said.
The Mercy which has roughly 800 medical staffers, 1,000 hospital beds and 12 operating rooms, arrived at the port of Los Angeles last week.