Crazy Train: Engineer Tries to Ram USNS Mercy Hospital Ship… with a Train
by Scott Faith
So, this actually happened: a train engineer deliberately derailed his train and tried to use it like a 9/11-style suicide missile to attack the USNS Mercy, a hospital ship docked in the San Pedro Bay in Los Angeles to help local officials deal with the COVID-19 fallout.
According to news reports, a man named Eduardo Moreno was the chief engineer on a Pacific Harbor Line train when he decided that the USNS Mercy, an enormous vessel bringing much-needed medical support to the Los Angeles / San Pedro Bay Area, was “suspicious” and “not what they say it is.” So, he decided to do the public a favor… or something… and attempt to take out the sketchy vessel Al Qaeda style.
I’m sorry, but what? Folks, this is some Grand Theft Auto-level jackassery. “Side quest: Steal a public transport train and crash it into a giant-but-sketchy U.S. military hospital ship.” As if our medical workers and government officials didn’t have enough to worry about, we have crazy people trying to CRASH FREAKIN’ TRAINS INTO A HOSPITAL SHIP in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.
Can’t make this stuff up…
Scott Faith is a veteran of a half-dozen combat deployments and has served in several different Special Operations units over the course of his Army career. Scott’s writing focuses largely on veterans’ issues, but he is also a big proponent of Constitutional rights and has a deep interest in politics. He often allows other veterans who request anonymity to publish their work under his byline. Scott welcomes story ideas and feedback on his articles, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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