He loved to play with my daughters. He'd take them outside and swing them around.
— Tim Hammersly, brother
His family did not learn that Hammersly was among the dead until the coroner called them at 2 p.m. the day after the crash. Hammersly had been seated in the first car, behind the engine. His brother said Hammersly, a mail clerk at Los Angeles City Hall, had missed being caught in the deadly 2005 train derailment in Glendale only because he worked a night shift that day.
Keep in mind
- The Times initially mispelled the name of Michael Hammersley and Beverly Mosley.
- The coroner's office reported a 26th victim the afternoon of Sept. 15, but a few hours later said the tally was 25.