Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


April 29, 1993


FBI probes Westminster derailment

The FBI is investigating the derailment of a Maryland Midland Railway train in Westminster last week, railroad officials said.

No one was injured in the incident, but two Maryland Midland locomotives and three railroad cars and their contents were damaged.

Preliminary findings show that the derailment was probably caused by vandalism at a switch in the main line.

Paul Denton, president of the Union Bridge-based railroad, said he called the FBI after the incident, as did officials of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Mr. Denton said tampering with a railway is a federal offense that carries stiff penalties.

Engineers have had "numerous encounters" with debris being placed on the rails, kids throwing stones or trying to hop the trains, drunken vagrants and other trespassers, he said.

Westminster and state police have authorization to "apprehend anyone trespassing on our right of way," he said.


* Westminster: Westminster and Reese responded to a house fire on Oneta Drive at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out 17 minutes.

* Finksburg: Reese responded to a wash detail on Route 140 at 3:46 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for 30 minutes.

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