The suspected derailer device found and reported to police.

Provided by Eric Hayslett

WILMINGTON — A suspected train derailer was recently found in a homeless encampment area, authorities said.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers were dispatched Thursday morning to the 700 block of South South Street on an assist citizen call.

The suspected train derailer was found among items in “the first homeless camp across the track,” according to the WPD report. It further states the device was released to the railroad company without issue.

A derailer is a device used to prevent blocking or compromising a railroad track by unauthorized movements of trains or unattended rolling stock. The device works by derailing the equipment as it rolls over or through it.

There was no report indicating the device was stolen, what area it was from originally, or any suspects listed at this time.

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