Frozen Trespasser

11 Dec
English: A Canadian Pacific train rigged for l...

A Canadian Pacific train rigged for laying track, at a siding in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On December 10, 2009, a man nearly froze to death. Tragic as that sounds, the details are fascinating and a little humorous.

An intoxicated man nearly froze to death after jumping onto a slow-moving train in Wetaskiwin, Alberta (near the city of Edmonton). He just wanted to go for a few blocks and then get off again. However, the train sped up and he could not jump safely off.

He called 911 on his cellphone.

Here’s where things get interesting. Investigators found which train he was on after asking two trains to blow their whistles. They listened to the whistles through the man’s cellphone. Eventually, both CN and CPR stopped all Southbound trains in different towns, allowing the police to search them.

It turns out he had travelled nearly 100 km from Wetaskiwin.

He was treated for hypothermia, and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) charged him with trespassing.



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10 responses to “Frozen Trespasser

  1. seeker

    January 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    So much for hitching a ride, eh. Thank goodness for cell phones.

    • tkmorin

      January 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Hopefully, he’ll remember this next time he drinks! 🙂

  2. htheblog

    December 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for some local history. We are about an hour away from Wetaskiwin.

    • tkmorin

      December 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      That’s pretty cool! I had never heard of it before, and yet I did two of ’em not too far apart. I’m glad you stopped by! 🙂

  3. Jim McFadden Realtor

    December 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    heh heh, guess he won’t be hitching a ride on a CN anytime soon.

    • tkmorin

      December 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I guess not … at least when he’s sober enough to remember! Heehee :>


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