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Drunk hitches ride on high-speed ICE train

The Local · 24 Mar 2013, 09:00

Published: 24 Mar 2013 09:00 GMT+01:00

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The 25-year-old man, who had spent the evening at a funfair near Hauneck in east Hesse, was spotted strolling down the train tracks in the early hours of Saturday.

Train drivers were alerted and told to slow down on the stretch between Kassel and Fulda. But before police could apprehend the man, one driver decided to take matters into his own hands.

Pulling up alongside the man, the driver stopped his ICE train and told him to hop in. He then courteously dropped the man off at his destination, where he was picked up by police awaiting his arrival.

“The [man] is probably the only person in the whole of Germany to have hitched a ride with an ICE,” said a police spokesman. “But a taxi would have certainly been much cheaper,” he added.

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13:05 March 24, 2013 by B_R_K
Some years ago a young man in my home village did the same thing. He wanted to take the shortest way home from the club. Of course he was drunken and a train hit him and he died. Thats why I really appreciate the decision of the train driver.
14:47 March 24, 2013 by catjones
Let's not forget, the police have this guy's ID. My guess he'll be getting a collection notice in the mail for the ticket and the cost of collection.
17:01 March 24, 2013 by wood artist
Let's just celebrate a story where DB did something right. I'm not saying it's all that uncommon, but it seldom gets reported. It doesn't make up for some of the other things, but at least one employee tried to do the right thing. This is the behavior we need to celebrate...and share.

17:40 March 24, 2013 by Dizz
Probably a neighbour or a colleague. Didn't DB recently offload a 7 year old child at night in a deserted station because she possibly got separated from whoever she was travelling with and couldn't produce a ticket?
23:05 March 24, 2013 by Leo Strauss
I find myself agreeing with cat and wa here. Must be a kind of yin-yang thing cuz they are both right on this issue. Guess I'll have to stop referring to DB as DP...
00:27 March 25, 2013 by Istabraq
I am just waiting for the train driver getting fired for being willingly involved in someone travelling black on a DB train.
10:55 March 25, 2013 by Teddy/agnes
He will pay for this FREE RIDE
11:51 April 3, 2013 by Nimblefinga
I wonder if the train he had intended on catching just... never showed up, surely not, that's not a thing DB would allow to happen..! Maybe I'm wrong and this only happens on my morning commute, at the same time, to the same train...
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