BNSF, FBI investigating debris being placed on Nebraska rail line

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into why debris is mysteriously showing up on a BNSF Railway line in Nebraska, KETV-TV reports.

On two occasions in the past two weeks, BNSF trains have struck debris that appears to have been purposely placed on the railroad tracks near Bellevue, a suburb of Omaha. No one was injured in either incident and no equipment derailed. However, the railroad is taking the issue seriously.

"We're concerned because there seems to be a pattern developing here. There's lots of traffic on that particular rail line, including passenger rail," BNSF spokesperson Andy Williams says. "The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigates any act that can be viewed as terrorism, particularly against a railroad or any interstate commerce.”

In one of the instances, concrete blocks had been stacked in the middle of the tracks and were struck by a freight train. Officials say an Amtrak train was following the freight train that struck the blocks.
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