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15-year-old in critical condition after hitting his head while riding atop a New York train

A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition after hitting his head while surfing the subway on top of a New York train on Thursday night, officials say.

Police responded to the 111th Street station on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens at 6:08 p.m. and found the teen unconscious on top of a southbound 7 train, the New York Police Department said.

The boy allegedly rolled over the carriage as he entered the station and hit his head against “an unknown object” and suffered “serious head trauma”, according to police.

He was removed from the top of the train and taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. As of early Friday morning, he was still in critical condition, police said.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Earlier this month, a video circulated on social media showing around eight people riding the subway, running and even dancing on top of a northbound J train as it passed over the Williamsburg Bridge. These suspects have not been identified.

However, surfing in the subway is dangerous. In October 2021, a 32-year-old man died after falling onto the tracks while surfing the subway on a J train over the Williamsburg Bridge.


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