03/29/2012 05:23 pm ET Updated Mar 30, 2012

MARC Train Hit Tire Placed On Tracks By Vandals, Officials Say

WASHINGTON -- Officials in Maryland believe that the tire that got stuck underneath a commuter train's locomotive on Wednesday was placed on the tracks intentionally by vandals.

"There's no other way for it to get there," Terry Owens, a spokesman for the MARC commuter railroad, told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. "Someone had to roll it down there."

As Patch reported on Wednesday, trains on MARC's Penn Line, which connects Union Station in the nation's capital with Baltimore and Perryville, Md., were delayed by more than an hour by the incident, which happened near Odenton.

There were no injuries and there was no damage to the train. MARC share tracks with Amtrak's Acela and Northeast Regional trains through Odenton.

A commuter on the MARC train who caught a glimpse of the tire told Patch that it appeared to be from a tractor trailer.

Placing objects on tracks is illegal and can be dangerous. In August 2011, a train hauling grain in Virginia's Henry County derailed after hitting an unspecified object.