Vandal may have been trying to derail train - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Vandal may have been trying to derail train

 

















CHENEY, Wash. - A reward has been offered for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect who may have been trying to set up a car/train collision in the West Plains.

A railroad employee told a sheriff's deputy that he was called out to repair railroad crossing arms that were not working at the railroad crossing at Highway 904 and Ritchey Road.

The worker discovered that someone had disabled the signal's power cord and had tied the crossing arms so that they could not lower. The railroad company was alerted Saturday night after the arms did not lower as a train approached.

"We hope this wasn't done maliciously," said Sgt. Dave Reagan with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. "It could be considered domestic terrorism depending on the motive."

The suspect also placed a steel fence post across the rail, possibly in an attempt to derail a train.

"We have freight trains that go through there, 20 to 25 trains a day," said Reagan.  "Those trains are carrying hazardous materials. There could've been very serious consequences for this community had a train derailed."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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