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Grand jury indicts man accused of trying to derail train in Nebraska

January 20, 2018 GMT

A Missouri man who has been linked to white supremacists has been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused by authorities of trying to derail an Amtrak passenger train in Nebraska.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nebraska, Taylor M. Wilson, 25, of St. Charles, Missouri, is charged with attempting to disable a train and attempting to interfere with a locomotive engineer or a railroad conductor.

The first count charges that Wilson tried to wreck, derail and disable on-track railroad equipment and the train.

The second count charges Wilson with intentionally endangering life and safety as he attempted to interfere with the crew on the train.

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A conviction on either count could get Wilson life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to court documents, the incident occurred on an October night in the Oxford, Nebraska, area.

Wilson entered a restricted area and triggered the emergency brake, authorities say.

Passengers sat in the dark for an hour after the train lurched to a stop and the power went out, according to an account provided to a Nebraska TV station.

During booking at the Furnas County Jail, Wilson was found in possession of a business card of the National Socialist Movement in Detroit. An acquaintance of Wilson’s told the FBI that Wilson had traveled with neo-Nazis to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.