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

Plenty of Jobs in Agriculture

farming1

A report recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows there are plenty of jobs in ag-related fields.

in Local

Nebraska Attorney General Questions Death Penalty Repeal

prison

Attorney General Doug Peterson is raising questions about the legality of a section of the death penalty repeal law passed by the legislature.

in Local

Crash Rates Highest for Teens

accident

A new study finds almost two-thirds of people injured or killed in crashes involving a teen driver are people -other- than the teen behind the wheel.

in Local

Nebraska Lawmakers Override Governor Again

nebraska-state-capital

State legislators have overriden Governor Pete Ricketts again to pave the way for youth brought into the country illegally to apply for Nebraska driver's licenses.

in Local

Minnesota Groups Supports Waters of the US Rule

wetlands water

A final rule to clarify which water bodies fall under regulations of the Clean Water Act has been released by the EPA.