Putting an end to all suspicions about possible criminal conspiracy, the California commuter train accident was described by the truck driver’s lawyer as nothing but “an accident.”
According to the Ron Bamieh, driver Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, had left the scene only to search for help.
Sanchez-Ramirez had parked the truck on the tracks and was found walking a few miles away in a disoriented condition, Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites said earlier.
Although police have ruled out conspiracy, they consider the possibility that Sanchez-Ramirez could be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
Bamieh admitted that his client was arrested in 1998 under the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. This time, however, he assured there is no evidence of intoxication at the time of the accident.
On Wednesday, a Los Angeles-bound commuter train slammed into a truck with a missing driver at Oxnard in southern California. Three double-decker Metrolink rail cars overturned at the impact after speeding for 79 miles per hour.
Around 50 people were injured, some remain in critical condition. Twenty-eight out of the fifty were rushed to local hospitals. Among the critically injured is the train operator, who is still guarded under ventilator.
Dr. Bryan Wong of Ventura County Medical Center said that the train operator suffered a cardiac arrest during the accident and was resuscitated.
Sanchez-Ramirez had undergone tests at a hospital, said Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites, not disclosing the results of the test.
Amidst confusion regarding the cause of the accident, Bamieh rejected theories regarding the complicity of his client.
“The reality is he basically freaked out trying to help people,” Bamieh said. “Did he do everything like James Bond? No, he did the best he could. He’s an average guy.”