Police: Brake Tampering Caused Bethel Train Derailment
Bethel — Three grain cars derailed Saturday in Bethel and nearly rolled over an embankment behind Green Mountain Feed, in a case that is being investigated as felony vandalism, police said yesterday.
The brakes of two of the three train cars were allegedly tampered with, according to police, and the derailment caused an estimated $30,000 in damage.
Vermont State Police responded to a train crash near the intersection of Routes 12 and 107 shortly before 11 p.m., and found that three cars had rolled through the end of a spur and derailed. It was determined that the brakes holding two of the three cars in place had been disengaged, causing two cars, with a combined weight of half-million to 1 million pounds, to roll back into the third. All three were pushed off the tracks as a result.
If the brakes on the third car had been disengaged as well, police said in a news release, it could have had “catastrophic consequences.”
A freight train was sent to the area to check the safety of the tracks before more trains could move through, according to police.
Those with information about the crash are encouraged to call police at 802-234-9933.