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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Train line hit by sabotage attempt

Someone has placed a log over train tracks near Modum for the past two nights in a row, in what police fear is a deliberate attempt to derail the popular line running between Oslo and Bergen.

One of the trains on the so-called Bergensbane hit a log at a speed of 100 kilometers an hour (60mph) Wednesday evening but its engineer maintained control. The log was lying on the tracks near Skalstadsletta in Modum, northwest of Drammen.

On Thursday night another log was spotted on the tracks in the same spot, but the engineer of an approaching train was on the lookout and stopped the train before hitting it.

“This, in the worst case, could lead to a serious accident,” Linda Rolandsen of the Modum sheriff’s office told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “There are many passengers on Bergensbane.”

She said police are convinced the logs have been intentionally placed on the tracks. “It’s no coincidence that this has happened two nights in a row,” she said. “We have no information about any other activity that could lead to another explanation.”

Police were investigating and seeking information from the public.

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