A 15-year-old subway surfer clung to life early Friday after hitting his head while riding on the roof of a 7 train in Queens, sources said.
Police officers found the teenager unconscious and with a serious head injury on a train car at the 111th Street station in North Corona around 6:30 p.m. Thursday night, law enforcement sources say.
Police believe the boy was traveling southbound on elevated tracks on the 7 train when his head struck an unidentified object.
Dramatic footage from the scene shows officers and paramedics lifting the teenager off the roof of the car and laying him on the subway platform. The teenager’s head was bleeding profusely in the footage.
He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where the teenager was in critical condition.
After the incident, 7 trains were delayed in both directions.
The boy’s tragic accident marks at least the second subway surfing stunt in less than two weeks.
Earlier this month, video posted to Twitter showed a group of about eight people walking on the carriages of a Brooklyn-bound J-train as it crossed the Williamsburg Bridge.
Some of the subway surfers were seen carelessly sprinting and hopping along the length of the train. The suspects in this incident have not been identified.
Last October, a 32-year-old man fell to his death while surfing on a J-train on Essex Street.
In 2019, a 14-year-old was killed while hitchhiking on the roof of a Manhattan 7-train near Queensboro Plaza. That same year, reports of subway surfing rose 15% from the previous year, and transit officials believed the number was grossly undercounted, according to research by The City.
MTA officials chastised any would-be daredevils who wanted to experience their thrills on a moving subway.
“Riding on a subway car is reckless, extremely dangerous and inconsiderate because it causes significant delays for other New Yorkers,” Pat Warren, MTA’s chief safety and security officer, said in a statement.
“Seeking a thrill that promises heartbreak to family and friends is foolhardy; Choose other ways to have fun, ones that show respect for those you care about.”
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