Stowaway arrested after calling 911 to stop train-top ride

A Fruita man was arrested in Glenwood Springs after calling authorities from atop an eastbound freight train out of Grand Junction and asking for help getting off the train.

James Frank Salazar, 40, phoned Garfield County 911 dispatchers around 11:40 p.m. Saturday and said he had gotten cold riding on the train after it didn’t stop at his destination, Parachute, according to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.

Salazar said he was trying to get to Parachute to start work the next day at 5 a.m., Wilson said.

Wilson said they believe Salazar boarded the train, riding on the roof of a car, somewhere in the Grand Junction area. The train’s conductor stopped near West Glenwood Springs after being contacted by authorities.

Wilson said Salazar was arrested in the lobby of a nearby hotel and never explained why he chose his method of travel.

“He didn’t really want to visit after he realized he wasn’t going to walk,” Wilson said. “It’s the first time I can remember somebody calling asking for a train to be stopped.”

Salazar was booked into the Garfield County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing. He was released Tuesday after pleading guilty and serving a three-day sentence, according to jail records.


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