A man has been jailed for his role in causing major disruption on the Sheffield to Doncaster railway line last month when machinery was left on the track.
Jordan Andrewatha, aged 21, of Cedar Avenue, Mexborough, was involved in a plan to steal machinery which almost resulted in a train derailment
He was jailed for two years at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, 19 December, after pleading guilty to arranging to receive a stolen wood chipper, following a British Transport Police investigation.
The botched theft attempt, which took place in the early hours of Friday, November 7, near Swinton station, South Yorkshire, caused serious damage to an empty passenger train after the wood chipper, which weighed more than a tonne, was driven onto the track and left there.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector Ian Trantum said: “This sentence demonstrates the seriousness of what happened that morning. Thankfully, the train was empty, apart from the driver and train manager, who feared the train would be derailed. Both were left extremely shaken by the incident.
“This act endangered lives and caused serious disruption to services.
“The subsequent investigation and removal of the equipment from the line meant delays for passengers and the cancellation of rush hour services.”
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
At the time of the incident, police revealed the train which had been involved in the collision, a Cross Country train, was traveling at about 80 mph,
The train was an empty stock train, with no passengers were on board and the driver was uninjured.
The collision closed the track for several hours leading to train cancellations between Doncaster and Sheffield during the morning it happened.
One angry commuter who was affected by the incident said: “It was a nightmare trying to get a train that morning. The departure boards just read as a succession of cancellation notices, leaving commuters exasperated.”