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SE Kan. man accused of trying to stop train

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) -- Authorities in southeastern Kansas are investigating a case of a man allegedly trying to stop a freight train as it rolled through Pittsburg.

The Morning Sun reports (http://bit.ly/SiXQLw ) the 27-year-old suspect was booked into the Cherokee County Jail after Friday afternoon's incident. It wasn't clear Tuesday if he had been charged.

Pittsburg police say callers reported a motorist with a bandanna obscuring his face driving erratically and trying to stop a northbound freight train at a city crossing.

The train kept going, but halted at another crossing a few blocks away after the man parked his van on the tracks. Witnesses reported the man pointed some type of weapon at the train.

Officers then chased the van through rural Crawford and Cherokee counties, where the man was finally stopped.

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Information from: The (Pittsburg, Kan.) Morning Sun, http://www.morningsun.net