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Michigan police officer spots missing track, gets train to stop
(2008-01-31)
(wgvu) - BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Stopping cars is routine for
Officer Jason Hendricks.
Stopping trains before they come to a gap in the tracks is a
different story.
Hendricks was on routine patrol in Saginaw County's Buena Vista
Township on Wednesday when he crossed some railroad tracks and
spotted something that didn't look right.
Sergeant Sean Waterman says Hendricks backed up to check it out
and saw six feet of track missing. An eastbound train, meanwhile,
was approaching.
Waterman says Hendricks called dispatchers and told them, "Stop
that train!"
The Saginaw News says the 40-car train squealed to a halt about
50 yards from the missing track. Waterman says the engineers told
Hendricks they almost certainly would have derailed.
Officials believe a snowplow may have knocked the section of
track loose.
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