A man is being held in the Mahoning County jail this weekend after an FBI Investigation showed he allegedly jammed a rail switch in Cuyahoga County in an attempt to derail a train.

According to the complaint and accompanying court affidavit, 42-year-old Joseph Findley allegedly attempted to derail a CSX train by jamming a switch rail to be open on both sides.

The stuck-open switch was then passed over by a CSX train operating on a Family Days employee appreciation run, causing the train to temporarily ride on top of the rails before falling back into place.

While the affidavit confirms the train was undamaged and no one was injured, it also says that $10,000 of damage was done to the rail switch. 

Surveillance images allegedly show Findley at that rail switch and others at several different dates and times, with other photos showing the obstructions he allegedly placed in the rails.


Findley is currently being held in the Mahoning County Jail, federally charged with attempting a terrorist attack on the train. 

He awaits a preliminary/detention hearing on October 12th at 2 p.m.