Police say that a "senseless act" on rail tracks near Mattawa, "could have caused a train to derail, resulting in severe damage, injury or death."
On October 25, shortly before 8 a.m., North Bay OPP got a call about mischief on the railway system near Taggart Lake Road, west of Mattawa.
Investigation revealed that sometime between October 21 and 25, someone tampered with the rails by removing parts that affect the switch mechanism. Also, objects had been stacked on the tracks a short distance away,
"Railway tracks, yards, and equipment are private property," warns Constable Jennifer Smith. "Playing on them is dangerous and illegal."
The OPP reminds everyone to stay clear of railway tracks. No matter how scheduled a train seems, there is always the possibility of an unscheduled train roaring down the tracks.
Any person with information regarding the person responsible for this mischief should immediately contact the North Bay OPP.