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Train delayed twice in Saitama after rock, brick placed on tracks in two places

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A train on the JR Takasaki Line was forced to stop twice on Tuesday morning after running over a small rock on one crossing and then running over a brick at another crossing a few kilometres away.

Police said they believe the objects were deliberately left on the tracks to cause damage to the train, Fuji TV reported.

The first incident occurred at around 7:40 a.m. on a crossing between Kitamoto and Konosue stations. The train driver heard a strange noise after passing over the crossing and stopped the train. JR East officials confirmed that the train had run over a small rock.

The train resumed running about 25 minutes later and after two minutes, the driver heard another grinding noise as the train passed over a crossing 2.5 kilometers from where the first incident occurred. This time, pieces of a brick were found on the tracks.

JR East said services were suspended for about 50 minutes, affecting 24,000 commuters.

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If deliberate then whoever is responsible needs to be dealt with seriously. Incredibly stupid.

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I'd bet it was some high school kid

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@ Sensei

I'd bet it was some very bored high school boys.

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Kidd's play.

I must have done it with small rocks when kid.

If driver could not notice before crushing things while on duty, then either he is incompetent or the obstacles put on rails are of no consequence to match a train's weight at normal speed.

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we used to put coins on the tracks as kids then collect them. Super thin and double diameter.

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We used to do the same but not with trains, trams it was

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Anyone else remember doing it with coins ;o)

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My fellow juvenile delinquents and I used to put pennies on the tracks all the time. We also piled up huge mounds of rocks, hoping to derail the freight trains that ran on the edge of our suburb. Also chucked scores of rocks at the caboose as it passed by, hoping to take out a window. Good times. Passenger trains in crowded urban environments quite another matter but boys will be boys.

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@sensei258 Today 07:28 am JST

I'd bet it was some high school kid.

Yes I agree, or an adult may have done it unbecoming to his/her age. :‑(

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"If driver could not notice before crushing things while on duty, then either he is incompetent or the obstacles put on rails are of no consequence to match a train's weight at normal speed."

A bicycle, yes. A brick, no. I assume the train was traveling at normal speed.

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This was the work of the North Koreans. They tend to stop trains in Japan.......

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I am "shocked" that there are aimless vandals in Nippon.

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