40-Pound Boulder Tossed at Massachusetts Train

October 15, 2012

Police are looking for whoever dropped a 40-pound chunk of granite described as a boulder from an overpass and onto a Cape Cod dinner train’s locomotive.

The boulder was dropped at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Sandwich as the Cape Cod Central Railroad’s Dinner Train was returning to Hyannis, Mass., with nearly 200 diners and crew on board.

No one was hurt, but superintendent of passenger operations for the railroad, Jonathan Babbitt, tells WXTK-FM that the locomotive’s main headlight and housing unit were broken.

The train rolled over the rock after it struck, but did not appear to suffer additional damage.

Babbitt calls it a “serious offense” and a violation of federal law to tamper with a railroad.

Witnesses described a man of about 20 throwing the rock.

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