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Teenager in critical condition after hitting his head while surfing on top of the NYC 7 train

Written by Javed Iqbal

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 found the teenager unconscious and suffered a serious head injury on top of a train car inside 111th Street Station in North Corona around 6:30 p.m. Thursday night, according to police sources.

Police believe the boy was driving on top of the southbound train 7 on elevated tracks when he hit his head on an unknown object.

Dramatic images from the scene show officers and paramedics lifting the teenager from the roof of the train carriage and laying him down on the subway platform. The teenager’s head bled profusely in the footage.

Footage captures paramedics assisting the teenager off the roof of the train carriage and laying him down on the platform.
Footage captures paramedics assisting the teenager off the roof of the train carriage and laying him down on the platform.

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 is at least the second subway surf stunt in less than two weeks.

Earlier this month, a video posted on Twitter showed a group of about eight people driving on top of the cars in a J-train to Brooklyn when it crossed the Williamsburg Bridge.

Some of the subway surfers were seen carelessly sprinting and jumping over the length of the train. The suspects in the incident have not been identified.

In October last year a 32-year-old man fell to his death while surfing on top of a J-train at Essex Street.

In 2019 a 14-year-old was killed while hitting a roof of a 7-train to Manhattan near Queensboro Plaza. That same year, reports of subway surfing increased by 15% from a year earlier, and transit officials said the number was strongly underestimated, according to a study by The city.

MTA officials rebuked all potential daredevils who would catch their excitement on top of a moving subway train.

“Driving on top of a subway car is reckless, extremely dangerous and reckless as it causes significant delays for other New Yorkers,” Pat Warren, MTA Chief Safety and Security Officer, said in a statement.

“Searching for a thrill that promises heartache to family and friends is foolhardy; choose other avenues to have fun, those that show respect for those you care about.”

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