A 19-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested Thursday following a report of a trespasser atop a westbound freight train.

U.S. man in custody after report of train-top hitchhiker

Passersby enjoying White Rock pier Thursday had a few extra minutes to enjoy the view, after a hitchhiker was spotted on the roof of a westbound freight train.

The report prompted an emergency stop of the train, which came to rest blocking waterfront access.

White Rock resident Pat Petrala said she had just departed the  pier when the train rolled to a stop just before 11 a.m. She said the train engineer told her the response was due to an “unauthorized non-Canadian hitchhiker that was spotted on the roof and had jumped off and tried to run into Canada.”

“We couldn’t see if they caught him or not,” Petrala said.

BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas confirmed the railway company received a report of a trespasser.

“We immediately shut down the operation of the train and we’re investigating further,” he said.

Surrey RCMP officers were dispatched to both ends of the train, and a 19-year-old U.S. citizen was taken into custody.

Faith St. John, spokesperson for Canada Border Services Agency, confirmed shortly after noon that one person “is being dealt with,” but said she could not comment further.

“We are dealing with this person as we speak,” St. John said.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Construction underway for new Cloverdale elementary school

The $33 million school is to seat 655 students

George Garrett retires from Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society board

Society completes more than 58,000 trips since 2016

B.C. families financially affected by pandemic eligible for grocery gift cards

Program open to struggling families in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley communities

Two Surrey schools report COVID-19 exposures, including second contact for Panorama Ridge

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

VIDEO: Shots fired outside Langley gas station that was scene of 2018 homicide

No reports of injuries in Saturday evening incident

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Most Read