Shirtless man caught riding BNSF coal train near Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Police issued a shirtless man a citation early Wednesday after Spokane residents reported seeing the man riding atop a loaded coal hopper on BNSF Railway, the Spokesman-Review reports.

While some people took to social media with witty and curious comments about the man’s whereabouts, BNSF Railway did not find humor in the situation.

A BNSF Railway representative told the newspaper that trespassing is dangerous and illegal and said that the railroad has had 14 deaths in Washington State this year.

The railroad representative said that train hopping is relatively uncommon in modern times, but when it does happen, railroaders don’t turn their heads. He said railroaders have been calling in reports of professional photographers as well as transients camping on the right-of-way, in addition to garden variety trespassers.

The representative recommended that people take Amtrak to travel BNSF routes.

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