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A railroad engineer has been arrested on suspicion of derailing a train at full speed near the US Navy hospital Mercy in Los Angeles Harbor.

Eduardo Moreno, 44, was charged Wednesday with one count of train wrecking, the US Department of Justice said in a press release.

The affidavit cited by the DOJ said Moreno admitted to crashing the train and suggested the ship "had an alternate purpose related to COVID-19 or a government takeover."

A California Highway Patrol officer recounted watching the train barrel at full speed "into a concrete barrier at the end of the track, smash into a steel barrier, smash into a chain-link fence, slide through a parking lot, slide across another lot filled with gravel, and smash into a second chain-link fence," according to an affidavit cited by the DOJ.

Moreno faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted, Business Insider reports.

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