Disgruntled Employee Accused of Joyriding, Crashing Train

| by Michael Allen

Derek Brux allegedly took a train on Thursday morning from the North Antelope Rochelle mine in Campbell County, Wyo., and went for a joyride that ended in a crash with another train.

Brux, who worked in utility coal operations for Rail Link, was angry at his supervisor's response to his working conditions, noted the Gillette News Record.

Brux allegedly drove a locomotive at about 60 mph for 13 minutes, ran switches and almost hit some railroad workers.

“They were probably [expletive] scared," Brux told law enforcement, according to court papers. "They probably [expletive] themselves. Whatever.”

“I wanted to see what it was like to hit something, so I hit at it,” Brux reportedly told law enforcement. Brux allegedly crashed the locomotive into another train, backed up and hit the second train again.

Brux reportedly tried to escape on foot into some nearby woods, but was apprehended by law enforcement.

He has been charged with felony destruction of property, reckless endangering, obstruction or removal of railroad track or fixtures.

According to Reuters, Brux is being held in the Campbell County Detention Center in Gillette, Wyo., without bail.

Brux may also be charged by the Federal Railroad Administration.

Sources: Gillette News Record, Reuters (Image Credit: Federal Railroad Administration)