The Williamston Police Department, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Transportation Security Administration responded to an incident Monday night in which an individual boarded a moving train and attempted to enter the locomotive cab. According to reports, the train’s crew stopped the train and convinced the trespasser to get off the locomotive, while at the same time alerting authorities. Quick response by authorities resulted in the individual being apprehended shortly thereafter.
Update – According to Captain Kevin Marsee of the Williamston Police Department, G&WRR police/security Officer William Striewing located the man at the McDonalds restaurant and Williamston Police Officers assisted in holding the man until Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived.
Anderson County Sheriff’s office is investigating the incident since it began outside town limits in the county.
The Journal is waiting on a response from the sheriff’s office regarding whether an arrest was made and if charges are pending.
A post on the Greenville & Western Railway facebook page states:
“Greenville & Western Railway extends a big THANK YOU for the quick response and assistance of the Williamston Police Department, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, our own Officer William Striewing and the Atlanta office of the Transportation Security Administration for their respective roles in helping locate, detain and apprehend a trespasser who boarded a moving train and attempted to enter the locomotive cab during the night yesterday. Thanks to the crew’s quick action in stopping the train and convincing the individual to get off the locomotive, while simultaneously contacting authorities, what could have been a bad situation was quickly neutralized. It’s a shame that this is the kind of world in which we live, but nevertheless, everyone handled their responsibilities beautifully and turned a tense moment into a non-event.”