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January 27, 2005
Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters stationed in La Cañada Flintridge got the call requesting assistance just as they were changing shifts Wednesday morning. Battalion 4 Chief Paul Copeland headed up a strike team, comprising paramedic units and support staff, and headed down to the site of the Metrolink train crash in southern Glendale. Besides providing medical attention, the members of the strike team conducted one of the sweeps during which they searched the train wreckage for victims.
NEWS
January 28, 2005
Robert Chacon They were husbands, wives, parents and grandparents on their way to work before the commuter train they rode derailed Wednesday in Glendale, and 11 of them were killed. Some worked for emergency departments for the county and Los Angeles. Others were city government employees. Among the victims identified by Thursday, at least two had local ties. Authorities said more than 180 were hurt. Most of the victims were riding on the southbound Metrolink train heading to Union Station downtown, officials said.
NEWS
March 10, 2000
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- Ralph Magallan doesn't like to talk about it. The Metrolink train engineer still vividly remembers the day a few years ago, early on in his career, when a train he was driving slammed into a truck. "I was coming around a curve and I could see the truck in front of me. I knew he had no idea I was coming and he was stuck out on the tracks," Magallan said. "It was a scary feeling." Magallan was at the helm of a Metrolink commuter train Thursday as officials took reporters and truckers for a ride to demonstrate issues of rail crossing safety.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | May 23, 2008
LOS ANGELES ? The case against Juan Manuel Alvarez, accused of causing the deaths of 11 people after a Metrolink train plowed into his Jeep Cherokee in 2005, moved forward Thursday as a witness close to Alvarez portrayed him as respectful and well-mannered. ?Juan Alvarez always treated me with respect,? said Olga Perez, who took part in traditional Aztec dance rituals in Cypress with the 29-year-old Alvarez. ?He was always very polite, very helpful. He would never joke around like some of the other kids would joke around and play.
NEWS
February 4, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Metrolink has filed a lawsuit against Juan Manuel Alvarez, asking that a civil court find him responsible for the deaths of 11 passengers who died in a train crash last week that injured nearly 200 others. Metrolink and the Southern California Rail Authority filed the wrongful death complaint Jan. 28 in Burbank Superior Court. In accordance with California law, the complaint does not ask for a specific amount for damages, Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said.
NEWS
January 8, 2003
Gretchen Hoffman Monday's deadly Metrolink accident wasn't the first to hit the tracks that stretch through Glendale and Burbank. There have been more than 35 collisions between trains and cars or trucks in the two cities since 1976, according to the Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis. At least nine of them took place at or near the crossing where truck driver Jacek W. Wysocki was killed in the accident at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard.
NEWS
By Jennifer Berry and Jake Armstrong | January 27, 2005
Moments after two Metrolink trains crashed and derailed in south Glendale Wednesday morning, a loudspeaker punctured the calm atmosphere of Verdugo Hills Hospital as a call went out for doctors and nurses to treat crash victims streaming in from the wreck. Not normally the area's hospital of choice for trauma victims, VHH received 24 of the nearly 200 injured commuter train passengers aboard Metrolink Train Nos. 100 and 901. Many hospital personnel finished their 12-hour shifts at 7 a.m. Wednesday only to clock back to assist the wounded, said Leonard Labella, chief executive officer of the often quiet, hillside hospital.
NEWS
February 5, 2005
Josh Kleinbaum Words spoken by Police Chief Randy Adams immediately after a three-train derailment could help establish an insanity defense for the man accused of causing the wreck, legal experts said. Defense attorney Eric Chase would not comment on if he will use an insanity defense for Juan Manuel Alvarez, charged with 11 counts of murder for allegedly causing a deadly train wreck. Police believe Alvarez drove his Jeep Cherokee onto railroad tracks Jan. 26 in a suicide attempt.
NEWS
May 4, 2005
Jackson Bell A Glendale city worker told a judge Tuesday that he saw Juan Manuel Alvarez douse his jeep with a liquid before parking it on the train tracks the morning of Jan. 26. Alvarez is accused of causing the train derailment that killed 11 and left nearly 200 injured. His preliminary trial began Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. "He was holding the bottle with his right hand and shaking it on the truck," said Douglas Ross, a Public Works Integrated Waste Management employee.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | May 23, 2008
LOS ANGELES ? The case against Juan Manuel Alvarez, accused of causing the deaths of 11 people after a Metrolink train plowed into his Jeep Cherokee in 2005, moved forward Thursday as a witness close to Alvarez portrayed him as respectful and well-mannered. ?Juan Alvarez always treated me with respect,? said Olga Perez, who took part in traditional Aztec dance rituals in Cypress with the 29-year-old Alvarez. ?He was always very polite, very helpful. He would never joke around like some of the other kids would joke around and play.
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NEWS
May 4, 2005
Jackson Bell A Glendale city worker told a judge Tuesday that he saw Juan Manuel Alvarez douse his jeep with a liquid before parking it on the train tracks the morning of Jan. 26. Alvarez is accused of causing the train derailment that killed 11 and left nearly 200 injured. His preliminary trial began Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. "He was holding the bottle with his right hand and shaking it on the truck," said Douglas Ross, a Public Works Integrated Waste Management employee.
NEWS
February 5, 2005
Josh Kleinbaum Words spoken by Police Chief Randy Adams immediately after a three-train derailment could help establish an insanity defense for the man accused of causing the wreck, legal experts said. Defense attorney Eric Chase would not comment on if he will use an insanity defense for Juan Manuel Alvarez, charged with 11 counts of murder for allegedly causing a deadly train wreck. Police believe Alvarez drove his Jeep Cherokee onto railroad tracks Jan. 26 in a suicide attempt.
NEWS
February 4, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Metrolink has filed a lawsuit against Juan Manuel Alvarez, asking that a civil court find him responsible for the deaths of 11 passengers who died in a train crash last week that injured nearly 200 others. Metrolink and the Southern California Rail Authority filed the wrongful death complaint Jan. 28 in Burbank Superior Court. In accordance with California law, the complaint does not ask for a specific amount for damages, Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said.
NEWS
January 28, 2005
Robert Chacon They were husbands, wives, parents and grandparents on their way to work before the commuter train they rode derailed Wednesday in Glendale, and 11 of them were killed. Some worked for emergency departments for the county and Los Angeles. Others were city government employees. Among the victims identified by Thursday, at least two had local ties. Authorities said more than 180 were hurt. Most of the victims were riding on the southbound Metrolink train heading to Union Station downtown, officials said.
NEWS
By Jennifer Berry and Jake Armstrong | January 27, 2005
Moments after two Metrolink trains crashed and derailed in south Glendale Wednesday morning, a loudspeaker punctured the calm atmosphere of Verdugo Hills Hospital as a call went out for doctors and nurses to treat crash victims streaming in from the wreck. Not normally the area's hospital of choice for trauma victims, VHH received 24 of the nearly 200 injured commuter train passengers aboard Metrolink Train Nos. 100 and 901. Many hospital personnel finished their 12-hour shifts at 7 a.m. Wednesday only to clock back to assist the wounded, said Leonard Labella, chief executive officer of the often quiet, hillside hospital.
NEWS
January 27, 2005
Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters stationed in La Cañada Flintridge got the call requesting assistance just as they were changing shifts Wednesday morning. Battalion 4 Chief Paul Copeland headed up a strike team, comprising paramedic units and support staff, and headed down to the site of the Metrolink train crash in southern Glendale. Besides providing medical attention, the members of the strike team conducted one of the sweeps during which they searched the train wreckage for victims.
NEWS
January 8, 2003
Gretchen Hoffman Monday's deadly Metrolink accident wasn't the first to hit the tracks that stretch through Glendale and Burbank. There have been more than 35 collisions between trains and cars or trucks in the two cities since 1976, according to the Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis. At least nine of them took place at or near the crossing where truck driver Jacek W. Wysocki was killed in the accident at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard.
NEWS
March 10, 2000
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- Ralph Magallan doesn't like to talk about it. The Metrolink train engineer still vividly remembers the day a few years ago, early on in his career, when a train he was driving slammed into a truck. "I was coming around a curve and I could see the truck in front of me. I knew he had no idea I was coming and he was stuck out on the tracks," Magallan said. "It was a scary feeling." Magallan was at the helm of a Metrolink commuter train Thursday as officials took reporters and truckers for a ride to demonstrate issues of rail crossing safety.
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