‘Box Car Hunter’ ain’t ridin’ the rails no more

Puppy rescued after trip on top of train        

Tina Parker, who spotted the pup while driving by the train, has adopted him

WYFF4.com LIBERTY, S.C.

A black Lab puppy is lucky to be alive after being rescued from the top of a train car after a journey that had a mysterious beginning.

Family members look at a black lab puppy they rescued from the top of a freight train in South Carolina Oct. 23, 2011.
Family members look at a black lab puppy they rescued from the
top of a freight train in South Carolina Oct. 23, 2011. (WSPA)

No one knows how the puppy, who appears to be about 3 months old, ended up on top of the Norfolk Southern train that left Pennsylvania, and had already gone through Virginia and North Carolina on its way to Atlanta. 

Tina Parker, of Pickens, said she and her family were driving home Sunday night when they stopped at a red light by the Walmart store in Easley, S.C., as the train passed by.

WYFF.com Boxcar Hunter, or “Boxy,” was found on top of a train by the family who eventually adopted him.

Parker said she spotted what she at first thought was trash on top of the train. But she said the “trash” started moving and she realized it was a puppy.

Parker called 911 and then followed the train on to Liberty.

A Norfolk Southern spokeswoman told WYFF News 4 that they were alerted to stop the train. The spokeswoman said the train would have been traveling about 50 mph.

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The Parker family helped spot which car in the long train the puppy was on.

The Liberty Fire Department arrived and used a ladder to reach the pup on the top of the Hunter boxcar. The cars carried double-stacked containers, making them about 20 feet-tall.

The wayward puppy has been taken in by his heroes, the Parker family.

They have named the puppy Boxcar Hunter, or Boxy for short. He has an appointment for his first vet visit in about a week, but he seems healthy — and happy to be off the train.  

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