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609.85 CRIMES AGAINST RAILROAD EMPLOYEES AND PROPERTY; PENALTY.
    Subdivision 1. Intent to cause derailment. Whoever throws or deposits any type of debris,
waste material, or other obstruction on any railroad track or whoever causes damage or causes
another person to damage, tamper, change or destroy any railroad track, switch, bridge, trestle,
tunnel, signal or moving equipment used in providing rail services, with intention to cause injury,
accident or derailment, is guilty of a felony.
    Subd. 2. Foreseeable risk. Whoever intentionally throws or deposits any type of debris,
waste material, or other obstruction on any railroad track or whoever intentionally causes damage
or causes another person to damage, tamper, change or destroy any railroad track, switch, bridge,
trestle, tunnel, signal or moving equipment used in providing rail services, which creates a
reasonably foreseeable risk of any injury, accident or derailment, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
    Subd. 3. Shooting at train. Whoever intentionally shoots a firearm at any portion of a
railroad train, car, caboose, engine or moving equipment so as to endanger the safety of another
is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
    Subd. 4. Throwing objects at train. Whoever intentionally throws, shoots or propels any
stone, brick or other missile at any railroad train, car, caboose, engine or moving equipment, so as
to endanger the safety of another is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
    Subd. 5. Placing obstruction on track. Whoever places an obstruction on a railroad track
is guilty of a misdemeanor.
    Subd. 6. Allowing animals on track. Whoever intentionally permits animals under the
person's control to trespass on a railroad track is guilty of a misdemeanor.
History: 1977 c 179 s 1; 1989 c 5 s 11