‘Extremely risky behaviour’: Calgary Transit hoping to identify CTrain prankster

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‘Extremely risky behaviour’: Calgary Transit hoping to identify CTrain prankster
WATCH: About 100-million people use Calgary Transit every year, but not like this. Sarah Offin looks at a picture of a stunt that showed up online, with a person riding the outside of the train – Aug 6, 2018

Transit officials are looking for a person seen standing on the back of a moving CTrain in recent weeks, apparently stabilizing himself by hanging on to a windshield wiper.

Calgary Transit said they see people riding the couplers of the CTrain about four times a year. Officials said alcohol is usually involved.

“If they fall off, at that point in time whatever happens is totally at the whim of their contact with the road,” said Calgary Transit superintendent Brian Whitelaw.

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In November 2016, a man suffered life-threatening injuries in a similar stunt. Witnesses said the man grabbed on to the mirror of a CTrain car as it was leaving the 3 Street Southwest station.

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The man fell underneath the car and was dragged until the train finally stopped at Centre St. and 7 Ave. S.W..

“The individual about two years ago, in fact, lost a leg and some of their fingers,” recalled Whitelaw.

“Don’t do this. This is extremely risky behaviour and if we catch you doing it we’re going to either send you to court or issue you a $5,000 fine.”

Peace officers are being asked to identify the person from the photo. If they’re able to, Calgary Transit says the person will be fined.

If you recognize the person in the picture, transit officials ask you to call 403-262-1000.

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