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Teens Cause Train Cars to Derail

Teens Cause Train Cars to Derail



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WEST HAVEN, Utah (AP) -- Weber Fire District firefighters yesterday made their first visit to the West Haven scene of a teenagers-caused train derailment that had occurred nearly a week before.

Fire Captain Chuck Stokes says a resident of apartments just west of the derailment called, expressing concern that the two tanker cars might be leaking.

However, the tanker cars were empty, which was why firefighters had not gone to the scene before, Stokes said.

Weber County sheriff's Detective Dale Bridges says three teen boys caused the derailment by messing around with track switches.

He said the teens were pulling the levers back and forth, causing at least one of the cars to tip over and the other to derail.

Bridges said eyewitness accounts of the teens by residents of the apartment complex led police to their whereabouts in the same apartment complex.

He said the juveniles will be referred to second District Juvenile Court for causing about 200 thousand dollars damage.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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