Man celebrates May 5 with ride on top of Commuter Rail - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Man celebrates May 5 with ride on top of Commuter Rail

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SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. (WHDH) - Investigators say a man decided a regular seat on the commuter rail wasn't good enough and decided to hang on to the outside instead.

People say they saw the Worcester man holding on to the roof of the train while it was moving.

“This gentlemen was heavily intoxicated so that he didn’t have control of his senses and faculties. For whatever reasons, in that state he made a very dangerous decision,” MBTA Spokesperson Scott Farmelant said.

The 28-year-old train surfer hasn't been identified, but according to police reports, the engineer spotted the man outside the train, decked out in a sombrero and poncho.

“He was observed from people outside the train, hanging on to an external part on the side of the train,” Farmelant said.

The engineer said he hung on "like a child clinging over a shopping cart." The man was ordered to come down, and he was picked up by police at Southboro station.

“At Southboro they investigated the situation and found the gentleman covered with enough soot, dirt and grime and questioned him, and he admitted he had been doing this,” Farmelant said.

The man said he'd been drinking on a Boston pub crawl and was just trying to get back to Worcester.

“Any attempt to get on the exterior of a train, while its moving, or to exit a train while it is moving, is a dangerous, unsafe and unwise idea,” Farmelant said.

The MBTA says the man will be called to court later this week on trespassing charges.

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