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Police are searching for a man who may have tried to derail an
interstate express passenger train in southern NSW.
Two steel rods placed on the tracks on the Sydney-Melbourne XPT
line at The Rock, south of Wagga Wagga, on Friday night or Saturday
morning could have had "catastrophic" results if the train had run
into them, police said today.
The driver of the XPT en route to Melbourne spotted one rod and
managed to stop the train. The rod was removed just after 12.30am
(AEST) on Saturday.
Police searching the area later found a second, two-metre, rod
in the same spot on the tracks.
They are searching for a man who ran off when they approached
him in the area.
Police said the rods could have forced the train off the
"The train could possibly push it off the track with no
significance, but the consequences could have also been
catastrophic," a police spokesman said.
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