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Tampering with Railroad Crossings Reported in Waukesha

Police say someone is tampering with railroad crossings near downtown Waukesha, putting people's lives at risk.
/ Source: WTMJ-TV and JSOnline.com

Police say someone is tampering with railroad crossings near downtown Waukesha, putting people's lives at risk.

WAUKESHA - Police say someone is tampering with railroad crossings near downtown Waukesha, putting people's lives at risk. Police say the suspect programmed the railroad gates on Moreland Blvd. near Frame Park, so that they would not go down when they were supposed to. David Monreal is outraged that someone is tampering with the crossings. "For anybody to put anyone's life in danger, it's unbelievable that someone would be that callous about others," Monreal said. The tracks sit right next to Frame Park, where families like David and his 3-year-old daughter Grace play and walk to every day. He's afraid someone will get hurt. "It could be a mater of my daughter and I walking across the railroad tracks, and not realizing there's a train coming. Or someone who's hard of hearing, or someone who's driving," Monreal said. Waukesha Police confirm the Moreland gates were tampered with last Thursday. Just blocks away, near the intersection of East Main and North Hartwell, investigators noticed suspicious looking wires. Both cases are being investigated. The Canadian National Railway, which operates the trains, is also looking into the tampering. The company released this statement: "CN takes these incidents very seriously, and will pursue prosecution to the fullest extent of the law." Tampering with railroad crossings is a federal offense, so we are told by CN that the FBI is also investigating. If the suspect is caught, he or she faces up to 20 years in a federal prison.