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.