WAGON OF HILLBILLIES NARROWLY MISSED
LOCALS SUSPECT GIANT CARNIVOROUS WORMS
THE FELLS, NB — Early yesterday morning the northbound train from New Babbage to Ouverberg was derailed just south of the small mining town of Falun, due to currently unknown circumstances.
Mere minutes before the train was scheduled to make a stop in Falun, and only moments before the derailment, a wagon filled with mountain folk crossed the tracks, narrowly missing being struck by the train. 'It looked like it were a family.' stated Mr E Howard, engineer of the train.
This wagon was not, however, the reason for the derailment, according to Howard: 'Came close, but the wagon made it across. T'was a damn fool thing to do, to be sure, but they made it. Just. Lucky for them we was slowing down for Falun. T'was after that we got hit from the side.' [sic]
Eyewitness accounts differ on what exactly struck the train, though all seem to agree that the train was struck by something. Some have claimed to have witnessed a gargantuan snake slithering rapidly across the tundra, while several others described it as a man-made clockwork devise. All agree that whatever it was, the coloring was distinctly black; this has resulted in some claiming the incident to be final confirmation for the local legends of the carnivorous black worms, which allegedly dwell in the emptier regions of the Fells.
Whatever struck the train was apparently unharmed enough to exit the scene before anyone could get a proper look, amidst the chaos of the derailment. Little evidence was seemingly left behind, but the Free Press is assured that experts from New Babbage have already been dispatched to investigate.
No substantial injuries were incurred during the impact, and cleanup of the site is expected to take several days, at least. The current supposition being advanced at the scene is that the wagon of mountain folk were being pursued by whatever struck the train. This theory has been, as of yet, unconfirmed by officials at the location of the accident.