Three accused of tampering with train
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Three transients not only felt the lure of a train whistle Saturday night. They also tooted a locomotive’s horn before being arrested in Glenwood Canyon, authorities say.
An eastbound freight train was brought to an emergency stop in the canyon after the trio entered a rear locomotive and began playing with the brakes and horn, said Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Steve Forsberg.
Garfield County sheriff’s deputies arrested David Michael Delvisco, 25, Bradley C. Sanders, 29, and Mary Carter, 31. The three remained in Garfield County Jail on Monday in lieu of bonds of $16,250 for Carter and Delvisco and $18,750 for Sanders, the sheriff’s department said.
The three face felony and misdemeanor charges including endangering public transportation, trespassing, criminal tampering and conspiracy to commit a felony. Sanders also aces a charge of criminal impersonation.
The incident occurred on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train on Union Pacific track at the Bair Ranch Rest Area near the east end of Glenwood Canyon, which is east of Glenwood Springs.
The sheriff’s department said the train’s cargo included hazardous materials. It also said the cargo was worth about $1 million, but Forsberg said there was no way to confirm that.
An arrest affidavit said the conductor told investigators the transients’ actions could have caused a derailment, but Forsberg said he doesn’t think that danger existed. He said the rear locomotive was being remotely controlled by the crew in the front locomotive. The transients didn’t have the ability to make the train move, but playing with the brakes caused the train to automatically brake and come to a stop, he said.
The arrest affidavit said that Carter and Delvisco declined to say who activated what it described as an emergency brake, and that Sanders was intoxicated and unresponsive upon his arrest.
It said that after arriving on the scene, a deputy spotted a man with dreadlocks, later identified as Delvisco, peering from the locomotive’s pilot chair. Delvisco immediately dropped to the floor, ducking for cover, the affidavit said.
It said the three had locked the locomotive from the inside but deputies were able to gain access through a rear door.
Forsberg said the locomotive had to be decontaminated after urine and other substances were found in it.
The affidavit said Carter and Delvisco told deputies the three got on the train in Glenwood Springs.
It was heading from Provo, Utah, to Amarillo, Texas.
Rear locomotives are used to provide more power in operating heavier trains, Forsberg said.