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Engineer Who Ran Train Off Tracks Toward Navy Ship Gets Three Years in Prison

The USNS Mercy hospital ship at the Port of Los Angeles in 2020.

The USNS Mercy hospital ship at the Port of Los Angeles in 2020.

Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

Prison will be the next stop for a train engineer who intentionally ran a locomotive off the tracks at full-speed toward a U.S. Navy hospital ship at the Port of Los Angeles. 

The Mercy, a ship that was deployed to provide medical relief during the early months of the Covid pandemic, wasn’t damaged by the train’s derailment in 2020, nor was anyone injured, according to a Justice Department statement. But the crash caused a diesel fuel leak of about 2,000 gallons.