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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

A Somber Moment **


This mornings train derailment is sure to touch the lives of all of us, whether it be a family member, friend, or co-worker. I'm hesitant to post details due to the fast changing climate and breaking details every other media outlet is carrying, but the Sister City sends our love and prayers out to everyone who is affected by this tragedy.

We'll follow-up later with more details once we have some confirmed information...

**5:30 PM Update (info from 5:00 press conference):
  • 10 Confirmed Fatalities (9 Males and 1 Female)
  • May be more people missing
  • 30 Critical Injuries
  • 123 People sent to 15 different local hospitals
  • 41 People treated on-site
  • Over 180 Injured
  • 3 Trains Involved: Northbound Metrolink Train 901, Southbound Metrolink Train 101, and a parked Union Pacific freight engine
  • 1 Car Involved: green Jeep Grand Cherokee left on the tracks intentionally
  • Derailment occurred near San Fernando Road and Chevy Chase Drive
  • No Terrorist Attack involved - Criminal Homicide Investigation Only - Started by suicidal individual in Grand Cherokee - Individual held by authorities is Juan Manuel Alvarez - 26 year old male
  • Three identified casualties: Sheriff Deputy James Tutino, a 23 year LA County Sheriff veteran, Manuel Alcala, 13 year veteran of LA County Sheriff's Department, and Julie Bennett (sp?), LA City Fire Department
Numbers to Call:
  • (818) 548-6464, Chevy Chase Park Relocation Center - FAMILIES ONLY
  • (877) 883-0364, Passenger Information
  • Busses will be used between Glendale and Burbank for afternoon transportation throughout investigation


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you for this most helpful information. It is at times like this the rhetoric of politics, seems very insignificant.

January 26, 2005 10:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I understand some City employess were on the train. Any more details?

January 26, 2005 3:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A number of city employees were on the train--one is deceased and at least one in critical condition in surgery, and one other missing. The PD and FD were amazing in their response this morning, I hear.

January 26, 2005 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's a Public Works employee who got a leg injury in that accident but he's ok. Was suppose to be at Board meeting today but called and said he couldn't make it. Great person and dedicated.

January 26, 2005 8:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Julia Bennett, Los Angeles Fire Department employee was lost yesterday. She will be missed

January 27, 2005 6:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Add another 11 victims of US Immigration Policy to the 3,879 we lost on September 11.
Miguel Mena

February 01, 2005 11:52 AM  

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