Man seen clinging to exterior of Australian train

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

Shocked motorists on a nearby freeway filmed a man standing on the back of the Joondalup line train, which was travelling up to 110km/h.

The 23-year-old was arrested after he climbed onto the rear of a train before it left a suburban station and reached speeds of up to 110 km/h.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes told AAP that the man got on the train in Leederville and was filmed by the public clinging to the exterior of the train on Saturday afternoon.

PTA officials monitoring CCTV cameras watched the man get down from his perch at the Glendalough Station and get inside the train.

"This is the first time in the memory of anyone at the PTA that we've actually known about it while it was happening", he said.

A man in Perth, western Australia went to extremes to avoid paying his train fare.

"In all other instances it generally goes up on Facebook or on the internet, on YouTube after the event".

Mr Hynes admitted that while there isn't a clear-cut piece of legislation against the act he would consider adding it.

The Public Transport Authority (PTA), which oversees Perth trains, knew the man was clinging to the outside of the moving but did not ask the driver to stop, according to the ABC.

"These cases of pure stupidity can't really be accepted ... they're putting that person's life in danger and, of course, the passengers in danger", she told reporters.

A police spokesman said the man was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for a mental health assessment.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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