Boys will be Boys

Teen charged in Calif. train derailment

Associated Press - March 11 2005

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. - A 14-year-old boy was charged with causing a train wreck after

authorities said he pulled a switch and three cars of a train hauling chemicals derailed.

No one was hurt by Wednesday's derailment outside Los Angeles and there was no chemical leak. But

the freight cars struck a commercial building and several utility poles, causing a brief power

outage, authorities said.

The boy, whose name was not released, admitted pulling the switch, Union Pacific railroad spokesman

John Bromley said. He was arrested Thursday.

The switch lever was equipped with a lock but it may not have been locked, Federal Railroad

Administration spokesman Warren Flatau said.

Authorities said two other boys were believed to be present when the train derailed, and they could

be cited for trespassing on railroad property.

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