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Railroad Searching for Arsonists

The Indiana Rail Road Company is upping the reward it’s offering for information about the rash of arsons on railroad bridges.

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The Indiana Railroad Co has increased the reward to $2500 for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

The Indiana Rail Road Company is upping the reward it’s offering for information about the rash of arsons on railroad bridges.

The string of arsons happened in October. Indiana Railroad Company spokesperson Chris Rund says at two of the most recent fires investigators found a paintbrush used to spread accelerant. He says the unique brush could be the key to finding the person or people responsible for the arsons.

“There were only three such brushes sold in the state of Indiana based on what the investigators have uncovered,” he says, “so this has narrowed the scope of the investigation quite considerably.”

The brush looks like a typical one you could find on the shelf at any hardware store, but Rund says it was just sold in very limited quantities. The Indiana Railroad Company is offering a $2500 reward for information that leads to an arrest or a conviction. Investigators have identified a list of possible suspects.

Rund says the damage from the fires has not been extensive, but the fires raise concerns about the safety of train crews.

“The bulk of it is constructed from steel but the track structure itself but the wooden cross ties are integral to that,” Rund says. “So it could cause a train to derail or it could cause the track to lose its structural integrity and stability.”

Meanwhile the State Police crime lab is examining the brush for fingerprints and DNA evidence.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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