by John Konrad (gCaptain)n At the Port of Los Angeles, the locomotive engineer who deliberately ran his train off the tracks at full speed in an apparent to sink the US Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy has been sentenced to time jail for committing a terrorist attack.
According to the US Department of Justice, neither the USNS Mercy nor anyone else was harmed in the 2020 train derailment. The train tracks ended 250 yards before the ship’s pier, so Moreno n It didn’t even come close to damaging the ship but it did damage its undercarriage and cause a 2,000 gallon diesel fuel spill.
The incident happened just days after the ship arrived in Los Angeles under presidential orders to help local hospitals that have been overwhelmed with COVID victims.
The ship is one of two US military hospital ships, with 1,000 beds, 800 medical personnel, emergency rooms and intensive care units. USNS Mercy, operated by the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command, is based at Naval Station San Diego. The sister ship, the USNS Comfort, based at Naval Station Norfolk, was deployed to New York at the same time.
Mercy and Comfort’s initial role was to treat non-COVID patients, but just five days into its mission it became clear that to provide the best care it would need to treat all patients, whether or not they had the virus. The ships did a lot to lift the spirits of a confused and frightened nation, but they weren’t designed to fight infectious diseases, so the extent to which they helped New York and Los Angeles was at best. marginal.
When asked why he tried to sink a hospital ship with his train, engineer Eduardo Moreno told police and the FBI he was “suspicious” about the ship’s true purpose.
In his initial statement to California police, Moreno said, “You only get that chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will,” he said.
After pleading guilty in December to “committing a terrorist attack against a railroad carrier,” according to a court statement, Moreno was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $755,880 in restitution.
Original Story: A train engineer deliberately derails a locomotive towards the USNS Mercy
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