In a very tragic and strange story, a 20 year employee of DL
here in Los Angeles named Chuck (last name withheld), who worked both as a CSR and ramper over the years, was killed in the horrible train wreck recently. He was in the very front of the train, in one of the front seats, and was killed instantly, as were many around him. Throughout the train, many were killed, hundreds were injured, some of them maimed for life or not expected to pull through at all. One of the worst train wrecks in American history. RIP.
He was on his way to Simi Valley, to be picked up by his fiancee who was taking him to Van Nuys Airport to interview for a new job, as he wanted to live closer to her and work nearby.
Now the strange part…
His cell phone kept calling his family. First, it called his son. Then, whenever anyone called the phone to see if he was okay, it would answer after ringing. Static would be heard, then silence. Within 30-45 seconds, the person who called would then get called back, by his cell phone. Again, static, then silence.
Family members and friends were holding out hope that he was alive and trapped inside, and was possible only able to use the "talk" button. All night, they thought he might be alive, and kept calling the fire department to tell them he was trapped in the train.
Finally at about 4AM the morning after the crash, the fire department called Chuck's sister back and confirmed he had in fact died instantly when the train crashed, over 12 hours earlier. There as no way that someone else had found the phone either and was pranking the family (an early theory), as anyone who was near him on the train would have been dead or severely injured, and that area of the train then caught fire.
It's a bizarre story, still unexplained. The cell phone company has no answers, but the going theory is the phone was damaged in such a way that it was spontaneously calling the last number that called the phone. When a new person calls, it resets and does it again.
Again, RIP, Chuck.
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