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    Here s a neat story I saw on the net... 2 charged with tunnel trespassing By John E. Mitchell North Adams Transcript NORTH ADAMS -- Two out-of-state men were
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      Here's a neat story I saw on the net...

      2 charged with tunnel trespassing
      By John E. Mitchell
      North Adams Transcript

      NORTH ADAMS -- Two out-of-state men were charged with trespassing on
      railroad property after a brush with a train inside the Hoosic Tunnel
      Saturday.

      Mark Coogan, 32, of Griswold Road, Wethersfield, Conn., and Joseph
      Havelik, 32, of Malvern Road, in Ardmore, Pa., were both charged with
      trespassing on railroad property.

      Police received a report shortly before 6 p.m. that a train had been
      stopped and that people were in the western section of the tunnel in
      North Adams.

      The railroad police reported spotting two males walking casually into
      the tunnel. At about 1,000 feet into the 4.75-mile tunnel, a train
      passed them and reported their whereabouts to police.

      Police note that although the motives of these two gentleman are
      unknown at the moment, they speculated they may have been motivated
      by the Transcript's "101 Berkshire Must-Do's" feature, "Hunt for
      Tunnel ghosts," was a possibility. The Transcript did recommend
      against venturing inside the tunnel because it is an active train
      route.

      "The trouble is, anybody who steps foot on the track is trespassing,"
      said Sgt. William Norcross. "There's a state law that says [it's]
      automatic trespassing on state property. People don't know that.
      People do it all the time, they cross the tracks and walk the tracks
      and do a lot of things. But there is a law on the books that you
      can't go on railroad property. They have it posted all over the
      place."

      Norcross said people who do want to see the Hoosic Tunnel from the
      inside for historical research are best off asking the railroad
      company in Billerica.

      "And they won't give permission, I don't believe," he said.

      "If you were in college and you were going to do something on the
      Hoosic Tunnel, like a history tour and report, they might give you
      permission to do that and they might send an officer up to escort
      you," Norcross continued. "But if you just come out and take a walk,
      you're taking your chances."

      The two men are due in Northern Berkshire District Court today.
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