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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - 10 Killed in Calif. Commuter Train Crash: "'A deranged individual that was suicidal took a vehicle and maneuvered it ... onto the tracks. He intended to take his own life, but changed his mind prior to the train striking his vehicle,' Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams said.

The driver of the car, Juan Manuel Alvarez (search) of Compton, left his Jeep Cherokee on the railroad tracks, causing a deadly chain reaction. Two commuter trains derailed and landed on their sides, sending passengers flying through the train cars.

The accident left multiple casualties: among the dead was a sheriff's deputy, and more than 180 people were injured, with dozens in critical condition taken to nearby hospitals.

Alvarez was identified by passengers who saw him running away. Police said Alvarez, who turns 26 next month and has a history of suicide attempts and drug arrests, apparently stood by and watched the train collision after abandoning the attempt to take his life."
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