Millipedes Cause Train Crash in Australia

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A train collision in Australia apparently was the result of black Portuguese millipedes. "Millipedes are one of the factors we are going to take into account," David Hynes, spokesman at the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia, told Reuters. Hundreds of the bugs were squashed along the train tracks, leading to slippery conditions that likely contributed to the crash.


"What happened in previous instances is trains, which were traveling at high speeds, have gone over an infestation, crushed them and made the tracks slimy. The train loses traction and the train has slipped," Hynes said.

This isn't the first time millipedes have plagued Australia's trains. In 2009, thousands of them invaded over a mile of track, causing delays and cancellations.

Luckily, no one was killed in the crash. Six passengers were treated for stiff necks.

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