Disgruntled Employee Steals Train, Plows Into Another Train
A Wyoming man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a train from North Antelope Rochelle mine and driving it south for 13 miles, then plowing it into another train.
Derek Skyler Brux, 22, was charged on Friday with reckless endangering, felony destruction of property and felony destruction, obstruction or removal of railroad track or fixtures.
[su_center_ad]Deputies were called out to the mine at about 8:55 a.m. Thursday, according to Gillette News Record.
According to an affidavit, Brux, a utility coal operation for Rail Link, allegedly became upset about his supervisor’s response to working conditions.
That’s when the disgruntled employee unhooked some locomotive cars and drove the train around what is described as a “loop” at the site and “pretty much squashed the ‘expletive’ outta their scales,” Brux said, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit says, Brux then called his supervisor and asked her if she wanted to play chicken, then hung up the phone and called the rail dispatch, advising employees that he was going onto the main rail line.
According to Brux, he was traveling at an estimated 60 mph for about 15 minutes before plowing through switch 1.
The affidavit states Brux told deputies he did not know where he was going but he wanted to make Rail Link pay.
Employees from Peabody Energy Corp. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC made an attempt to stop the locomotive but were unsuccessful, according to the affidavit.
Brux told deputies that at one point he encountered construction workers on his journey so he blew his horn while passing and said that there were “a lot of workers there,” the affidavit says.
When asked if he frightened the workers Brux said, “They were probably (expletive) scared. They probably (expletive) themselves. Whatever.”
Eventually, Brux crashed the train into another train.
“I wanted to see what it was like to hit something, so I hit at it,” Brux said, according to the affidavit. Brux then backed up and hit the train again.
After an employee disabled the train, Brux fled on foot before being caught by deputies.
Brux said he was having a bad day and was trying to prove a point. When he was asked if he had thought about taking his own life, he replied, “a couple of times.”
The affidavit states taht Brux said he would do so by hitting “another train, putting possibly other lives in danger …”
The Gillette News Record reports, “Reckless endangering is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment up to one year, a fine up to $750 or both. Felony destruction of property is punishable by imprisonment of not more than 10 years, a fine of up to $10,000 or both. Destruction, obstruction or removal of railroad track or fixtures is a felony punishable by a imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than 20 years, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.”
Brux could also face additional federal charges from the Federal Railroad Administration.
Well he sure showed them.
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