June 24, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition after he struck his head while subway surfing atop the elevated 7 train in Corona Thursday.
The victim, police say, was on the roof of a Manhattan-bound 7 train when his head hit an object as it pulled into the 111th Street station. Police say the teen had been hopping from car to car, a daredevil tactic known as subway surfing.
Police found the victim unconscious with severe head injuries lying on top of the train at around 6:10 p.m.
He was transported by EMS to Elmhurst Hospital where he remains listed as being in a critical condition. The horrid incident was posted on social media.
Pat Warren, the MTA’s chief safety and security officer, warned thrill-seeking subway surfers to think twice before getting on top of a train.
“Riding on top of a subway car is reckless, extremely dangerous and inconsiderate as it causes significant delays for other New Yorkers,” Warren said in a statement.
“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.”
There has been an uptick in subway surfing in recent weeks with many Queens residents posting about it on social media. One resident posted a video of several young men surfing the 7 train by the 46th street station last week.
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