FRANKLIN -- A September train derailment that sent two railroad employees to the hospital and tied up emergency resources for hours near Franklin was caused by vandalism, according to a report filed with the Federal Railroad Administration.
The rail equipment accident report, which was prepared by the railroad in the wake of the crash, lists the cause code of the accident as 'vandalism of track or track appliances.'
Click here to read a copy of the FRA report.
A guide published by the FRA says that code can include objects placed on the track or a thrown switch, among other things.
The accident report also gives new insight into how much damage the derailment caused.
Two locomotive units derailed and seven freight cars toppled in the accident.
According to the report, the accident caused more than $2.1 million worth of damage to the train and $40,000 worth of damage to the track.
A separate injury report filed with the FRA stated that one employee suffered broken ribs and the other suffered a strained/sprained wrist.
Both employees were out of work for at least a week.
A spokeswoman for CSX, the company that owned both the train and the railroad, said CSX police are continuing to investigate the accident. The spokeswoman said this case has also been turned over to the FBI.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the FBI or CSX Police at 1-877-TELL-CSX.