Woman hitches 115km/h train joyride

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

A woman who allegedly hitched a ride on the top of a freight train as it travelled at speeds of up to 115km/h in western NSW has been charged by police.

After clinging to the top of the train for the four-hour journey from Broken Hill to Ivanhoe, the 27-year-old woman jumped from the roof of the train as it stopped at a railway station and walked away uninjured, police allege.

Police said the train driver saw the woman climb on to the roof of the freight train as it stopped at Broken Hill about 3am on Tuesday.

The train continued on its 320km journey and reached speeds of 115km/h before stopping at Ivanhoe Railway Station.

The train driver contacted police and gave them a description of the woman.

A short time later, officers stopped a woman matching the driver's description as she walked along the Cobb Highway towards Ivanhoe's town centre.

The woman, who was attempting to make her way to Adelaide, was taken to Ivanhoe where other travel arrangements were made.

The Broken Hill woman will be issued with a court attendance notice for travelling on part of a train not intended for passenger use.

She is due to appear in Broken Hill Local Court on March 11.

File photo. Photo: REUTERS

File photo. Photo: REUTERS