Horse walks onto train tracks delaying morning commute
WESTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- The Wednesday morning commute came to a standstill for riders on the Fitchburg line in Weston when a horse hoofed it right onto the tracks.
Milley the mare may have escaped from its stable after being stung by some bees, and it took a bit of bribery -- peppermint candy -- to get the horse off the tracks.
“She was just walking right down the tracks on a leisurely stroll,” said Paula Nicholas, Weston police dispatcher.
Milley left her house in Lincoln first thing in the morning and ended up walking along the tracks.
Police had to call the MBTA, who in turn were able to contact the conductor to slow the train down and eventually stop it for several minutes before Nicholas, who had been chasing the 22-year-old show horse, was able to collar the horse and safely get her to the stable.
“We asked the conductor to stop so that we could get up to her because the train was slowly moving along and Milley was in front of the train. So every time they kept moving, she kept moving,” said Nicholas.
Commuters say they’ve experienced delays for a lot of things, but this was, “actually pretty shocking. You don’t hear that often,” said Jose Jimenez, a commuter.
Nicholas, who has horses of her own, knows stories like these don’t always have a safe ending.
“She’s alive, she’s fine. Like I said, no injuries at all,” Nicholas said.