The Burlington North-Santa Fe Railway Corporation Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for tampering with the brakes of a train, which led to a major derailment.
The derailment happened on Dawson Road, between Harvard and Yale around 1 a.m. Friday. According to a release from BNSF representatives, the train's air brake system had been tampered with, which enabled the rear 57 cars of the train to release and roll away, colliding with a mixed freight train.
The rail cars were carrying new automobiles which were thrown from some of the freight cars. Investigators say one train had broken away and was on the tracks when it should not have been. A conductor in the oncoming train saw the situation but could not avoid the crash.
The Department of Environmental Quality were on the scene working with hazmat to contain the diesel fuel that leaked from both engines to a nearby creek.
No one was reported as injured, but drivers are felt the pain of traffic tie-ups. The derailment shutdown traffic on Dawson from about Harvard to Sheridan.
If you have information, please contact the Crime Tip Hotline for BNSF Railway Police, 1-800-832-5452.
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