Watch: Man clings to window of train moving at 110 kmph in Australia’s Perth
Australia’s Public Transport Authority said he could have been killed as the train reached speeds of up to 110km per hour.world Updated: Sep 25, 2017 13:39 IST
A video captured a man clinging to the outside rear window of a moving train in Australia’s Perth on Saturday.
A Main Roads employee saw the man, 23, clinging to a windscreen wiper of the train between Leederville and Glendalough stations while monitoring traffic and alerted the Public Transport Authority.
The agency also said he could have been killed as the train reached speeds of up to 110km per hour.
“He was clinging on to a windscreen wiper. Were he to fall, it’s a very unfriendly and unreceptive surface with ballast and rail and concrete sleepers, he would have almost certainly been killed, if not badly injured,” PTA spokesperson David Hynes told ABC.
Transport minister Rita Saffioti was quoted as saying there will be an investigation into the incident. “People shouldn’t be acting stupidly around our rail line, these are serious pieces of infrastructure and they can cause death and of course they can cause serious injuries” she told ABC.
The man entered the carriage at the Glendalough station and was detained by PTA officers at the next stop Stirling Station. He was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for a mental health assessment, SBS reported.
Saffioti said there will be a probe on why the train wasn’t stopped immediately. PTA said it did not halt the train because it was nearing Glendalough by the time they were notified.
It was the first time a train surfer was caught in the act. The agency currently has no rules on how to deal with such an incident.