News

Millipedes suspected in train collision

Millipedes suspected in train collision

Thomas Widl, worker in the Munich Zoo, measures a giant millipede worm during the annual inventory Friday, January 15, 1999. The length added up to 23 centimeters, four more than in last year's check. Measurements give hints to growth and well-being of the animals. Photo: Associated Press/Diether Endlicher

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Black Portuguese millipedes are suspects in a rear-end collision between two trains in Western Australia on Tuesday after hundreds of the tiny creatures were found squashed in a slippery mess on the track.

“Millipedes are one of the factors we are going to take into account,” David Hynes, spokesman at the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia, told Reuters.

Six passengers were treated for stiff necks after a train pulling into a station at Clarkson, 25 miles north of Perth, ran into a stationary one, the train company said.

“What happened in previous instances is trains which were traveling at speed have gone over an infestation, crushed them and made the tracks slimy. The train loses traction and the train has slipped,” Hynes said.

The millipedes are attracted to moist environments and are seen as invasive pests at high population levels. In 2009, thousands of them overran 1.2 miles of track, causing train delays and cancellations near Melbourne in southeast Australia.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Radon Testing Encouraged

radon

This week is National Radon Action Week, and the Cancer Prevention Center is encouraging radon testing to reduce the number of Americans exposed to the gas.

in Local

Loan Guarantees For Electric Companies

electric poles

The US Department of Agriculture has announced over one point four billion dollars in loan guarantees to rural electric cooperatives across the country.

in Local

Healthcare Faces Challenges

Medical Stethoscope

The new President of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton says healthcare in general will face many challenges in the next few years.

in Local

Christmas Upon Us In Stores

Christmas early 102014

It is all around us now, when you go into any large retailer in the state.

in Local

Drop In Oil Prices Reflected In Gas Prices

gaspump2

Dropping oil prices are partly responsible for a drop of prices at the gas pump.