Grain train blocked in central Brittany: “nearly 2 million euros lost”-Noir Pontivy



“I was surprised to say the least when I received a call that a grain train to the Sanders factory was blocked by a concrete block wall on a railroad track. I’m hoping for something else!” Twenty-four hours after the grain train was attacked in his town, Mayor Noyal Pontivy Lionel Loper still can’t believe it. “We expect snail operations and oil depot blockages, but not!”, The general response of indignation infuriates the first city councilors from Morbihan, of course, on all fronts. Officials and farmers elected from have accused the Brittany group of this alleged act against the well-known factory livestock in Central Brittany, especially after fighting the huge poultry farming project in Langoelan.

Wave of indignation

“Lost grain while the shortage awaits. What a contradiction!” Roig Schenegillard, the regional president, especially wrote on social networks. “The National Rally and Marine Le Pen are terrorist attacks on Morbihan grain trains. Strongly condemn the attacks. Do the elected “ecologists” of the Brittany District Council support these acts of violence inspired by their obscure ideology? “I asked Gilles Pennelle, the president of the RN Group.

Freight trains are still on the tracks 24 hours after being blocked by a group of Brittany against the factory farm.
Freight trains are still on the tracks 24 hours after being blocked by a group of Brittany against the factory farm. (Telegram / Pierre Bernard)

Agriculture Minister Julian Donormandy also didn’t chop up his tweet. Destroying grain production when many countries are currently short on grain production … it’s a pain. “

Always palpable tension

Twenty-four hours after the fact, the freight train was still there on Sunday. It is blocked in front of the wall of the burning block that is still being built. At the foot of about 15 wagons, a large mound of both wheat seeds, which was due to arrive at the Sanders factory, was still on the ground. Therefore, there are private security guards on the site this Sunday.

Several tons of grain were dumped into the truck by members of the group.
Several tons of grain were dumped into the truck by members of the group. (Telegram / Pierre Bernard)

Also causing great tension: two journalists from France 2 were prevented from walking on the truck to shoot near the train, and twelve gendarmerie arrived. Finally, journalists passing through a communal field running along the railroad tracks were able to take a memorable image of this immovable train. “In the meantime, everything will be recharged this Monday,” knows the mayor of Noyal-Pontivy, who estimates damage and losses “for tens of thousands of euros.” According to sources close to the survey, this figure is much higher, “nearly 2 million euros”.

What about wheat?

Jean-Philippe Van Wallegem, owner of Pontibee Station, where trains pass every week, nevertheless warns that it is difficult to come. “The wagon was emptied by inertia, where wheat was deposited on the tracks. Therefore, the hatch must be closed to move the train forward, but the weight makes it very complicated. Wheat is over when it rains. And anyway, I don’t know how they can get it back. Otherwise, there are a lot of chickens in the area and they will be happy. prizeā€¦”.

The breeze block wall that hindered the movement of freight trains was still built this Sunday morning.
The breeze block wall that hindered the movement of freight trains was still built this Sunday morning. (Telegram / Pierre Bernard)