January 22, 2007

Countdown to Tragiversary

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January 26, 2007, marks two years since the worst train disaster in the history of the Metrolink commuter railroad.

This year, the community remembers 11 who died when passenger trains collided with a Jeep on tracks separating Atwater Village and Glendale.
Train crash memorial unveiled - LA Daily News - "About 100 residents and city officials gathered for Sunday's dedication ceremony, across the street from the Costco where employees, police and firefighters had tirelessly pulled people from the train wreckage and got them to help on the dark and drizzly day."

Victims of 2005 Metrolink Crash Honored - KFWB News 980 | MP3 audio file] - "Mayor Villaraigosa said the monument just might help victims' families move on."
Authorities attribute the accident to the Jeep driver, Juan Manuel Alvarez, who plead not guilty to 11 counts of capital murder. His next hearing is February 9.

The new memorial stands at the southeast corner of Los Feliz Blvd. and Seneca Ave. More here. Mock-up here:

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