Train surfer caught aboard freight train in Waikato
KiwiRail became aware of the surfer on the train around 3 p.m. Photo / Alex Burton
A person was caught surfing on a freight service traveling between Auckland and Tauranga.
Executive Director General of Operations Siva Sivapakkiam said KiwiRail became aware of the surfer around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The person was seen riding on a container.
The train stopped near Eureka, Waikato, where the man was abducted by police.
The police were called by someone who saw the man getting on top of the train.
The train stopped at the intersection of Waverley and Holland Roads, Eureka, Waikato, at 3:30 p.m.
A police spokesperson confirmed the man had been arrested and taken into custody.
He has been accused of failing to comply with the lockdown health order, and other charges are under investigation.
Sivapakkiam said the behavior was not only dangerous, but illegal.
“We are fortunate that this person was not seriously injured,” he said.
At level 4, travel is limited to what is necessary, including trips to the supermarket, for medical treatment or for exercise in your neighborhood.
“It is an incredibly dangerous act, no matter what level of alert we are on, and it can have fatal consequences,” a police spokesperson said.
Since being at Level 4, police have issued more than 500 offense notices nationwide for Covid-19 violations. and has received over 7,000,000 online violation notifications.
In addition to these, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said police received a total of 1,394 phone calls from members of the public reporting Covid-19 violations.
The man is scheduled to appear in Morrinsville court tomorrow.