Man hitches free ride on train by clinging to wipers (Video)

A MAN who thought he could hitch a free ride on a train in Perth by clinging to its windscreen wiper has been arrested.

The 23-year-old train surfer was seen climbing onto the rear of the train before it left Leederville Station at around 4.30pm on Saturday, ABC News reported.

Public Transport Authority officers arrested the man when the train arrived at its next stop at Stirling station. He was taken to hospital to undergo a mental health assessment.

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) said he could easily have been killed as the train reached speeds of up to 110km per hour.

“He was clinging on to a windscreen wiper — were he to fall it's a very unfriendly and unreceptive surface with ballast and rail and concrete sleepers, he would have almost certainly been killed, if not badly injured,” PTA spokesman David Hynes said.