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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
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
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
"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
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.