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1,500 Km of Rail Damaged

A former railroad worker turned drug addict rendered unsafe 1,500 kilometers of railroad in Siberia by stealing 9,000 anti-creeper devices in two weeks, the Interior Ministry reported on its web site Tuesday.

The 35-year-old man, whose name was withheld, sold the devices — which prevent the rails from shifting under the weight of passing trains — for scrap metal to obtain money for drugs, the ministry said.

The suspect was detained by Kemerovo region police and faces up to two years in prison on theft charges.

(MT)


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