YOBS who dumped tyres in the path of a train on a railway track in Sheffield have been slammed for putting lives at risk.
A train travelling between Darnall and Woodhouse struck the tyres and British Transport Police said the reckless act could have derailed the carriages.
The train driver spotted two youths at the side of the tracks, near Handsworth Road, at the time of the incident.
PC Stephen Slocombe said: “On approach, the driver saw that the tyres had been placed on the track and two persons were still line-side when the train arrived. As the train hit the objects it sent them flying onto the other lines, potentially leaving them to be struck by another train coming in the opposite direction.
“This was a reckless act and I cannot emphasise enough the dangers associated with this sort of criminality.
“The train that struck the tyres, thankfully, was not damaged, but it could have been derailed, placing any passengers on board in serious danger.
“Fortunately on this occasion no-one was injured, but we may not be so fortunate if this happens again.
“We are urging anyone who was in or around the area to contact us if they saw anything suspicious or if they have any information that could help us with our enquiries.”
The youths being hunted by police were in their mid to late teens and both wore tracksuit bottoms.
One had a light hooded top and the other wore a dark one.
Anyone with information about the incident at 10.45am on Thursday March 10 should call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting reference B10/NEA of March 23 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
The incident comes as British Transport Police are investigating a separate incident, in which a car plunged 80ft down a railway embankment, landing just feet from the tracks at Owlerton, Sheffield, and bursting into flames.
Officers said the incident at 6.30am on Saturday, March 19 could have had devastating consequences if the car had landed on the tracks. They urged anyone with information to contact them.