Nazi Train Town's New Fear: Gold Hunters Getting Killed

People in the city of Walbrzych have been walking on in-use train tracks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 31, 2015 11:34 AM CDT
Nazi Train Town's New Fear: Gold Hunters Getting Killed
The potential site where a Nazi gold train is believed to be hidden, near the city of Walbrzych, Poland, on Friday.   (Uncredited)

Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwest Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train. The city of Walbrzych and its surrounding wooded hills are experiencing a gold rush after two men, a Pole and a German, informed the authorities through their lawyers that they've found a Nazi train with armaments and valuables that reportedly went missing in the spring of 1945. Inspired by a local legend since World War II, people with metal detectors are combing the area and its still-used railway tracks. The alleged site is somewhere between the 61th and the 65th kilometer of the tracks that wind their way from Walbrzych to Wroclaw.

A provincial governor said today that police and city and railway guards are now patrolling the area and blocking treasure hunters to prevent any accidents with trains running on the tracks. "A few hectares (acres) of land are now being secured. People have been barred from the woods" surrounding the site, he said. "Half of Walbrzych's residents and other people are going treasure hunting or just for walks to see the site. We are worried for their security," a police spokeswoman tells the AP. People walking down the tracks can't escape "a train that emerges from behind the rocks at [43mph]." A man taking a selfie on the tracks reportedly narrowly missed being hit, she says. (The men behind the alleged find say a deathbed confession played a role.)

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