I can see burning tires on the Thruway or some other protest over New York state banning the sale of untaxed cigarettes through the mail. But trying to cause a passenger train derailment? Not a good idea. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward to find out who put railroad ties in the middle of the Amtrak tracks near the reservation.
The FBI has released this composite sketch of two people seen near the tracks around the time of the incident: