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MONTESANO, Wash. -- Two teens goofing off in their truck Monday night generated several thousand dollars in property damage and caused a freight train to derail in Montesano, police said.
The joyride of destruction began just after 9 p.m. when police received reports of a red pickup with loud exhaust that had just careened down Fairbairn Road, knocking over garbage cans, according to Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office. The caller tried to follow the truck, but eventually lost track.
About 10 minutes later, another call came into police reporting a loud crash near Monte Elma Road and suggesting it sounded like a train had just derailed.
Police arrived to find six railroad cars had indeed derailed off the tracks. An interview with the conductor revealed he spotted a red pickup truck parked on the tracks. The truck moved as the train approached, but then farther up the line, he saw the pickup again parked across the tracks.
The conductor slammed on the emergency brakes, causing the train to derail, but luckily, the cargo was empty and remained upright. Meanwhile the pickup truck sped away moments before the train reached that crossing, Shumate said.
While police were investigating the train derailment, another call came into dispatchers at 9:47 p.m. that several mailboxes had been damaged along Barret Road N. and mail was all over the roadway. Ten minutes later, an assault complaint came into police -- and the suspected vehicle was described as a red pickup.
Investigators traced the owner of the pickup to an 18-year-old Aberdeen man. Officers went to the home where the truck was registered and discovered that man had been driving the truck that night with a 19-year-old passenger. Shumate says both men eventually admitted to taking the truck and causing the various crimes. Police said the two didn't give any particular reason for going on their rampage.
The 18-year-old was arrested and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for investigation of causing damage to railroad property, and several other counts related to reckless driving and malicious mischief.
This article first appeared on komonews.com
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