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Transients board locomotive, cause emergency stop

Transients board locomotive, cause emergency stop

Three transients hopped aboard a locomotive on a train hauling hazardous materials and triggered the brakes, bringing it to a halt in a western Colorado canyon, authorities said.
No damage or injuries were reported in the Saturday night incident.
The Garfield County Sheriff's Department and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway say the three got into an unoccupied "helper" locomotive at the rear of the eastbound train, blowing the horn and triggering the emergency brakes.
The train crew called deputies, who found the transients had locked themselves in the cab. Deputies opened the cab with the help of the crew and arrested the three on suspicion of endangering public transportation, trespassing and tampering.
A sheriff's report says the train carried hazardous materials, but it's not clear what type or how much. It was heading from Provo, Utah, to Amarillo, Texas.
The train conductor said the emergency stop could have derailed the train, the sheriff's report said. Steven Forsberg, a spokesman for the Fort Worth, Texas-based railroad, says the transients couldn't control the train's forward movement.
The suspects were identified as Bradley C. Sanders, 29; David Michael Delvisco, 25, and Mary Ellen Carter, 31. They face four to 12 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge against them.
The report says Carter and Delvisco told deputies the three got on the train in Glenwood Springs, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of Denver. The train came to a stop about 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of Glenwood Springs.
Sanders also faces a charge of impersonation for allegedly misidentifying himself to authorities.


Updated : 2021-05-12 22:41 GMT+08:00