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Eyota Train Tracks Tampered With, Spikes and Plates Removed

Updated: 05/28/2014 5:16 PM
Created: 05/28/2014 11:08 AM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 News) – Canadian Pacific Officers believe a rail spike theft was an attempt to derail a train, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office tells us. Sometime between May 10th and the 26th, 17 spikes and plates were taken from train tracks just West of Eyota near the 11500 block of 19th Street SE.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified by a Canadian Pacific Officer. We’re told those spikes and plates are used to hold down rail ties. The spikes stolen covered about 10 to 15 yards of track.

We’re told it’s a low speed track mainly used to store cars, typically propane tankers. Officials say when these spikes and plates are removed, it can increase the chance of derailment. They say it also doesn’t help that this particular track is on a curve.

The Sheriff’s Office tells us the Canadian Pacific Officer does not believe the thefts were committed by a scrapper, but someone who was looking to cause a derailment. The spikes and plates are valued at around $700.

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