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FBI investigating train track vandalism

(The following article was posted on the OklahomaChannel.com on June 23.)

NICOMA PARK, Okla. -- The FBI is investigating the vandalism of tracks on a railroad bridge in Nicoma Park.

Authorities said someone targeted the structure just west of Hiawassee Road and Northeast 23rd St. approximately two weeks ago. The solid-wood bridge is about 50 feet tall and spans a creek.

FBI officials declined to comment on exactly what damage was done to the tracks. However, agents said the damage was severe.

"(It) does appear to be designed to derail a railroad car -- and if one would have went by, it probably would have been derailed on this bridge," said Agent Gary Johnson.

Crews fixed the damage a few hours before a train was scheduled to travel across the tracks.

Investigators are offering a $10,000 reward for any information related to the vandalism.

Officials asked anyone with information to call the FBI hotline at 290-7770. Callers may remain anonymous.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

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