Police now believe the main goal of the man arrested after last month's fatal California train wreck was to cause that wreck with his gasoline-doused SUV, not to kill himself.
Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams says Juan Manuel Alvarez had poured gasoline on both the outside and inside of his SUV. A police lieutenant says when Alvarez was asked what he thought would happen when a train hit the truck, he replied: "An explosion."
Adams says Alvarez's self-inflicted cuts, made after the trains crashed, were not life-threatening, and that Alvarez cut himself only after going to a house so he could get help. He says Alvarez's intent was to cause a "horrific tragedy."
Alvarez's lawyer calls the police statements vicious, callous and "a reckless distortion of the facts."
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