NYC teenager in critical condition after subway surfing accident

A 15-year-old who banged his head while surfing on the top of a 7 train in Queens was reportedly fighting for his life early on Friday. Around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, police discovered the adolescent unconscious with a significant head injury on top of a train car inside the 111th Street station in North Corona, according to law enforcement sources.

The kid is thought to have hit his head on an unidentified item while traveling on the southbound 7 train on elevated tracks, according to police. The teenager was lifted off the top of the train car and placed on the station platform in dramatic photographs taken at the site. The video showed that the teen’s head was severely bleeding.

According to the New York Post, the boy was in critical condition when he was taken to Elmhurst Hospital. The 7 train was delayed in both directions as a result of the event. The unfortunate incident involving the teenager is at least the second instance of subway surfing in less than two weeks. A few weeks ago, when a Brooklyn-bound J train crossed the Williamsburg Bridge, a group of around eight people could be seen riding on top of the train cars. Some of the subway surfers could be seen idly running and skipping over the width of the train. None of the suspects, in that case, have been named.

A 32-year-old man died in a surfing accident on top of a J train at Essex Street in October. A 14-year-old was also killed in 2019 while riding on the roof of a 7 train headed toward Manhattan close to Queensboro Plaza. According to an investigation by The City, reports of subway surfing jumped by 15% from the previous year, and transportation authorities thought the number was significantly undercounted.

MTA officials reprimanded any possible thrill-seekers planning to get onto a moving subway train. MTA chief safety and security officer Pat Warren explained, “​​Riding on top of a subway car is reckless, extremely dangerous and inconsiderate as it causes significant delays for other New Yorkers. Seeking a thrill that promises heartache for family and friends is foolhardy; choose other avenues to have some fun, ones that demonstrate respect for those you care about.”

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