Three teenage boys have been identified as suspected vandals who have recently been trespassing onto railroad property and setting a series of obstacles on or around the tracks, according to Montana Rail Link officials.
The most recent incident was reported on October 17. MRL officials said suspects placed a large metal culvert filled with rocks across the rail road tracks near Clinton, east of Missoula.
A locomotive traveling 55 mph struck the culvert, causing damage to bullet proof glass on the locomotive.
Officials said two other obstructions were also found on the tracks in the previous month, and officials discovered a shovel and a large hole carved into a berm about 30 feet away where investigators believe the suspects hid to watch the impact.
MRL officials said they have turned the investigation over to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department for processing in Youth Court for criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. Restitution for $1,200 of damage to the train will also be requested.