For something that's statistically rare, it hits me as odd that this is my fourth train wreck story.
The first two I covered when I was just starting my news career in Bakersfield. The third was not quite two years ago in the City of Commerce and now we have the Metrolink/suicide attempt from yesterday.
If you watched any news at all yesterday or listened to the radio, then you probably got the complete story already.
There's not a lot that I could tell of what went on behind the scene that would be of interest. We covered the story to the best of our ability.
One small thing that I found pretty great, Costco provided free food all day. Sweet. A nearby Starbucks opened up later in the afternoon and gave out free coffee and hot chocolate to the media.
I got called in early at 11:30am and worked through our late newscast at 11:00pm. That's a pretty long day for me even though I'm not active that whole time, I have to be alert for anything that might be important to our coverage.
By the time the sun had set and we started our nightside coverage of the accident, we knew that 11 people had died and the suspect believed to be responsible for the crash had been arrested.
The suspect was believed to be trying to kill himself and lost his nerve. I've always been strongly against suicide. Maybe my happy-go-lucky outlook on life oversimplifies the problems and complexities that other people might face. Maybe I've never had to experience the types of problems that the suspect faced.
Even though I know life isn't meant to be "fair", I just believe that the people on that train deserved better. It's horrible to think they were killed and never knew what was coming.
They were in a perfectly safe environment. They weren't in a bad neighborhood or doing something anyone would consider risky.
I never wish death on anybody and I'm almost willing to cut the suspect a little slack, because really he didn't intend to kill anybody.
Well, he intended to kill himself, but that didn't work out.
I know it's wrong of me to feel this way, but when I think of the pain and suffering he caused, I can't help thinking that the suspect should have tried a little harder.