Staircase thrown on railway line

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A TRAIN hit a staircase section at 90mph after the structure was thrown on the tracks.

British Transport Police officers are appealing for information about the incident, when a section of a wooden staircase was deliberately thrown onto the railway line near to Tapton Junction, between Dronfield and Chesterfield.

Sgt Roy McMichael said a train passing through the area at 8.51pm on Saturday June 18 struck the steps at 90mph and came to a stop.

He said, “Fortunately no-one was injured, and the train only suffered minor damage and was able to continue to the next station to be examined.”

Officers are now urging anyone who knows who was responsible to come forward in confidence.

Sgt McMichael added: “We believe that someone may have thrown the steps on the tracks from a road bridge. We urge those who think that throwing objects onto railway lines is fun or a game, to consider the consequences of their actions, which could have been much worse.

“The speed the train struck the steps could have easily resulted in a derailment; passengers and rail staff could have been easily injured or even worse killed as a result of such stupidity.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time or who can help identify those responsible to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact 0800 40 50 40 quoting crime number 606 of 18/06/2011 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111