CP train damaged after act of vandalism on tracks

A coal train was damaged last month after it hit a six-foot piece of rail that had been deliberately placed across the railway tracks.

  • Dec. 17, 2012 5:00 p.m.

A coal train was damaged last month after it hit a six-foot piece of rail that had been deliberately placed across the railway tracks.

The Canadian Pacific Police Service is investigating the incident near Sparwood and is looking for anyone with information to come forward.

Kevin Hrysak from Canadian Pacific, said the train had been damaged as a result of the November 12 incident and was forced to make an emergency stop.

“At 12:05 p.m. a CP train was required to make an emergency stop after it made contact with a six-foot piece of rail that was placed across the tracks,” he said. “This deliberate act of mischief resulted in damage to CP equipment and railway infrastructure and temporarily halted traffic on our rail line in this region. This incident could have resulted in more serious consequences in the surrounding community and personal injury.”

CP Police Service along with local law enforcement are looking for the public’s help to solve this crime and prevent these types of actions from occurring in the future. If anyone has information relating to this investigation, contact the Canadian Pacific Police Control Centre at 1-800-716-9132, Elk Valley RCMP at 1-250-425-6233 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

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