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FBI: Man with white supremacist ties stopped train in rural Nebraska with intent to harm passengers
By Andrew J. Nelson / World-Herald staff writer
A Missouri man with connections to white supremacists has been charged with terrorism after authorities said he brought a cross-country Amtrak train to a halt last fall in rural Nebraska.
Taylor M. Wilson of suburban St. Louis intended to hurt passengers, authorities said.
The 26-year-old has been charged in federal court in Lincoln with terrorism attacks and other violence against mass transportation systems, according to federal court records unsealed Wednesday.
The incident occurred overnight as the train traveled through Nebraska during the third weekend of October, according to law enforcement officials.
A St. Charles, Missouri, resident, Wilson was a ticketed passenger on the California Zephyr, en route from California to Chicago via Omaha. Authorities believe he was headed home to Missouri.
Early on Oct. 21, Wilson entered a restricted area of the train as it neared Oxford, Nebraska, and triggered the emergency brake in what authorities say was an attempt to derail the train. Oxford is about 40 miles southwest of Kearney.
Passenger Bobbie Garris provided this account of the incident to NTV News of Axtell, Nebraska.
“We lunged forward in our seats and all the power went out, it went completely black,” Garris said. “We could smell something burning and I’m going to guess that was the brakes.”