Archive for Monday, October 11, 2010

Officials trying to determine what broke windshield on train moving through Douglas County

While near Lecompton, a windshield was broken in a train. Police could not confirm if the objects were rocks or bullets.

October 11, 2010, 12:00 p.m. Updated October 11, 2010, 5:04 p.m.


A windshield was broken on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train Monday morning as it was traveling west through Douglas County near Lecompton, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman said.

The BNSF crew called law enforcement about 9:30 a.m. about two objects striking the right windshield of the lead engine as the train was near the 300 block of North 2190 Road, known as the Upper River Road, Sgt. Steve Lewis said. The site is about 3 miles west of Lecompton.

Lewis said the conductor and engineer of the train said two objects struck the windshield. The initial report was that possible gunshots caused the damage, but Andy Williams, a BNSF spokesman, said there was not confirmation of that. He said the incident was still under investigation.

No injuries were reported, Lewis said.

The train eventually stopped in Shawnee County and the crew switched engines before continuing, Williams said.


riverdrifter 7 years, 8 months ago

One time we were leaving KC on a westbound train and some transient-looking types pushed a refridgerator off an overpass onto our train. The front end of our locomotive just got by and it landed on top of the second engine in our consist. Close call!

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