Source Pravda.Ru

Los Angeles rail accident: 11 dead and about 200 injured

Authorities filed 11 counts of homicide Thursday against the 25-year-old man who left his sport-utility vehicle on rail tracks here, causing a massive crash, 11 deaths and about 200 injuries.

&to=http:// english.pravda.ru/society/2002/07/02/31526.html ' target=_blank>Los Angeles County District Atty.

Steve Cooley filed the charges against Juan Manuel Alvarez a day after Alvarez's aborted suicide attempt led to the deadly derailment of a commuter train.

The Metrolink train crash Wednesday morning near Los Angeles was the deadliest &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/society/2001/03/01/2777.html ' target=_blank>rail accident in the United States since 11 people were killed in a March 1999 Amtrak derailment near Bourbonnais, Ill.

Cooley said he was filing special circumstances in the case, meaning Alvarez could face the death penalty if convicted, writes the Chicago Tribune.

Alvarez was not injured in the crash and was under suicide watch in the jail ward of a local hospital.

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