Metro

Man seen ‘surfing’ on top of Worcester commuter train

He’s likely to face court summons

A commuter rail train on the MBTA Worcester line. Police say travelers were delayed Saturday night after a man was spotted “surfing” on top of a Worcester-bound train while wearing a sombrero and a poncho.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/file 2010
A commuter rail train on the MBTA Worcester line. Police say travelers were delayed Saturday night after a man was spotted “surfing” on top of a Worcester-bound train while wearing a sombrero and a poncho.

Travelers were delayed Saturday night after a man was spotted “surfing” on top of a Worcester-bound train while wearing a sombrero and a poncho, Transit Police said.

The 28-year-old Worcester man, who appeared to be intoxicated, said he had been at a pub crawl in Boston with his friends that afternoon.

The group boarded a commuter train to Worcester, and the man was separated from his friends, Transit Police said.

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A train engineer said he was contacted about 9:45 p.m. and told to stop the train because a man was riding on top of it. The train was traveling about 40 miles per hour between the Ashland and Southborough stations , Transit Police said.

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The engineer said he brought the train to a stop, climbed to the top of the engine, and saw the man standing on a ladder attached to the front of the car.

The man was brought to the Southborough MBTA station, where police escorted him off the train, Transit Police said.

The man said he was searching for his friends, Transit Police said. They allowed him to leave with a friend. But they warned that the man is likely to face a summons to appear in Westborough District Court on trespassing charges. The man’s name will not be released until he appears in court, Transit Police said.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
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