Cops: Man Wearing a Sombrero Caught ‘Surfing’ Commuter Train

Sombrero –The Boston Globe photo

Police say on Saturday they caught a 28-year-old man riding on top of a Worcester-bound commuter train while wearing a sombrero and poncho, according to media reports.

According to, the commuter rail officials called the operator to stop because “a person was train surfing.’’ reported the train, which was traveling at 40 miles per hour, stopped between Ashland and Southborough at about 9:45 p.m. When the engineer checked outside, he saw the man on the train’s head-car ladder.

“The engineer stated that the man’s body was half over the top rung of the ladder, ‘like a child clinging over a shopping cart,’’’ an MBTA report stated.


The man came down, the Boston Globe reported, and police questioned him until a friend came to pick him up at the Southborough MBTA station. His identity will become public when he appears in Westborough District Court on a summons for trespassing. reported that the man told MBTA officers that he had been drinking with friends in Boston since 3 p.m. that day. He denied he had been on top of the train, but officers noted his hands were “blackened, which were consistent to being in contact with the outside of the train.’’

The train, destined for Union Station, arrived 24 minutes late, according to the MBTA.

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