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Police trying to figure out who shattered train windshield

CN conductor suffered minor injuries on Saturday night; police suspect a golf ball may have smashed through locomotive window
20220404 Niagara Regional Police cruiser

On Sept. 17, 2022, at 7:54 p.m. Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers assigned to 8 District (Grimsby) responded the westbound CN tracks located near the Oakes Road North crossing in the town of Grimsby, regarding damage to a CN train.

Upon arrival, officers met with the train conductor who indicated the train was travelling at approximately 65 km/h when the windshield on the locomotive was struck with an unknown object. The impact caused the windshield to shatter, causing minor injuries to the train’s conductor.

A person of interest, who is described as follows, was seen at the railway crossing moments prior to the windshield becoming damaged:

  • Male
  • White
  • 16 to 20 years old
  • Wearing a white t-shirt
  • Wearing black shorts
  • Wearing white running shoes

The person of interest was seen running from the scene holding with what appeared to be a flashlight emitting from a cellphone.

During daylight hours on Sept. 18, 2022, officers re-attended the scene and discovered golf balls in the area of the train tracks. Although it has not been confirmed the damage was caused by a golf ball, detectives are appealing to residents in the area of Oakes Road North to review their CCTV footage for any relevant information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the lead detective at 905-688-4111, option #3, extension #1009023.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.  Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.