05/23/2013 12:23 EDT | Updated 07/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Railway rebel: runaway car takes free ride through southern Alberta town

OKOTOKS, Alta. - Police in a southern Alberta community had to respond to an unusual call Wednesday when a runaway train car rumbled through town.

RCMP in Okotoks, just south of Calgary, say the wayward train car was empty and eventually stopped when it bounced off the tracks.

No one was injured and there were no collisions as the rail car had activated safety barriers when it crossed intersections.

CP Rail (TSX:CP) says it is investigating and considers what happened to be a case of vandalism.

CP says the car travelled about 500 metres before it ran into a safety device called a derail, which stopped the train car.