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Monday, September 05, 2005

Thieves pushed safe to train to smash it open

Thieves in Austria nearly derailed a passenger train after pushing a 15 kilogram stolen safe on to the track in the hope a speeding locomotive would smash it open, Austrian police say.

A spokesman for the local police near Bregenz, west Austria, says the force of the collision had indeed opened the safe, "but nearly all the money was thrown out and the perpetrators had to flee".

"The locomotive was very badly damaged and there was nearly a derailment," Michael Haider said.