Frozen Trespasser

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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