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40-Pound Boulder Dropped On Cape Cod Dinner Train

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SANDWICH (CBS/AP) — Police are looking for whoever dropped a 40-pound chunk of granite described as a boulder from an overpass and onto a Cape Cod dinner train’s locomotive.

The boulder was dropped at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Sandwich as the Cape Cod Central Railroad’s Dinner Train was returning to Hyannis with nearly 200 diners and crew on board.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby reports

The train was crossing under the Old County Rd. bridge in Sandwich, when the rock was thrown off an overpass.

No one was hurt, but the locomotive’s main headlight and housing unit were broken. Had the rock hit one foot higher, it would’ve gone through the windshield, where the crew was.

“The rock that hit the train could’ve killed someone,” said Ryan Coholan of the Cape Cod Rail.

The train rolled over the rock after it struck, but did not appear to suffer additional damage.

Because the train operates under federal transportation laws, the crime becomes a federal one.

Now, local police and government investigators are looking for the suspect, described as a white man, in his twenties.

Cape Cod Rail President Chris Podgurski echoed assertions that the rock could have killed someone.

“If law enforcement catches them, we’ll prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

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