DOYLESTOWN — Two men who hopped aboard a slow-moving train early Tuesday morning in Huron County called 911 for help after the train picked up speed and they were unable to jump off safely.
The train traveled 60 miles to Wayne County before a dispatcher alerted CSX and the train stopped at the Whitman Road crossing.
The men jumped off and were later found by law enforcement. Christian Hale, 20, and Kevin Slone, 24, have been charged with trespassing, News 5 in Cleveland reports.
The ride began around 4 a.m. in Willard.
The television station reported that the men hung onto the side of the train, which reached speeds of 45 to 50 mph.
The 911 call surprised authorities.
"I’m on a train," one of the men told a dispatcher. "It’s going really, really fast and I don’t know where I’m going."
Asked to explain what he was doing on the train, the man responded: "It’s better than walking."
Wayne County sheriff’s Capt. Doug Hunter highlighted the incident in his daily video report on Facebook.
"The moral of the story for those of you who have not heard is stay off of railroad tracks," he said. "Railroad tracks are private property. Trains are large moving machines and are very, very dangerous for those that are not trained, pardon the pun, to be around them."