Vandals at the local railroad yard early Friday started three Union Pacific locomotives and sent them empty at full throttle to the west on the Union Pacific main line.

After a trip of 214 miles, the locomotives - linked together - were stopped by railroad employees who diverted them off the main line onto a spur where they crashed into a boxcar.Big Spring police said the vandals, who were the object of a search, apparently started the giant machines, each worth $1 million, then jumped off. The runaway ended at about 2:25 a.m. at a crossing about 20 miles east of Van Horn where the locomotives were diverted onto the side track.