Man Convicted of Metrolink Murders

LOS ANGELES — A California man has been found guilty of multiple murders in a fatal January 2005 Metrolink train wreck.

Juan Manuel Alvarez is on trial for first-degree murder and other charges. His trial could continue until July.

Police said Alvarez parked his SUV on the Metrolink tracks with the intent of killing himself, but changed his mind, left his SUV on the tracks and watched the wreck unfold. However, prosecutors are challenging whether Alvarez was trying to commit suicide when he parked his SUV on the tracks and now say he may “have even been carrying out a ritual of Aztec human sacrifice,” The Los Angeles Daily News reported.

At about 6:05 a.m., Jan. 26, 2005, the two Metrolink trains — Nos. 901 and 100 –sideswiped each other; both trains derailed near Glendale. One of the trains also struck a Union Pacific freight train.

– Railfanning.org News Wire