Teenager Killed In Subway Surfing Accident in NYC
A 14-year-old boy tragically lost his life while subway surfing in New York City, according to The New York Post.
An unidentified teenager was killed on Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, New York while riding on the outside of a train before he fell onto the tracks. He was then struck by an oncoming train which tried to stop in time but could not.
Police officials were called to the scene at around 2.20 pm after commuters witnessed the tragic incident. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The heartbreaking photos captured showed a sneaker, which the victim was wearing, lying under the elevated tracks on MacDonald Avenue. It was surrounded by crime scene tape.
Subway surfing is very dangerous.. Do not try this at home.. pic.twitter.com/9AvMAoEwQd
— My Life In The CHI (@mylifeinthechi) January 13, 2024
Another tragic photo showed the double-yellow line on the road splattered with the teen’s blood. Richard Davey, the president of NYC Transit, described the incident as “heartbreaking” in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with the teenager’s family. Subway surfing kills. Another innocent life has been lost, and it should not happen,” Davey said. “I implore parents to talk with their children and teachers to speak with their students – riding on top of subway trains is reckless, dumb, and the consequences can be lethal.”
Subway surfing, also known as tram surfing or train surfing, is the act of riding on the exterior parts of a moving train. Reports claim that at least five teenagers were killed in similar circumstances in 2023 with four deaths resulting from subway surfing. In September 2023, city and state officials launched a campaign to raise awareness among students about the risks of riding outside of trains.
They placed digital signs all over the transit system and even had announcements recorded by students. Since school began in September 2023, police officers have stopped about 11 people a month from surfing, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.
The authority has also worked with social media sites including YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram to remove footage of people surfing to discourage the practice. According to MTA statistics, there were 450 reports of people riding outside of trains, even on top of them, in the first six months of 2023.
That’s a significant rise compared to the 262 reports during the same time in 2019.