Subway surfer dies after falling from top of train in NYC

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NEW YORK (WPIX) – A man in New York City died early Saturday morning after he fell from the top of a moving subway train as it crossed into Manhattan on the Williamsburg Bridge.

Police responded to the scene of the incident shortly after 4:30 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found the body of a 32-year-old man under the train, “unconscious and unresponsive.” Emergency services pronounced him dead at the scene.


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“Further investigation revealed the male was observed, prior to police response, riding on top of the train as it traveled; the male lost his footing/positioning, and fell from the train to the tracks below, to be subsequently struck by the train,” police said in a statement obtained by Nexstar.

There is no J service between Broad St and Marcy Av while we remove third-rail power to allow emergency teams to respond to someone who was struck by a train on the Williamsburg Bridge.
For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take A or L trains. https://t.co/gbabGX7TDy pic.twitter.com/ValVeTp1qf

— NYCT Subway. Wear a Mask. (@NYCTSubway) October 2, 2021

The man’s identity was not immediately released, pending family notification.

The investigation remains ongoing, according to police.


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As a result of the accident, service on the city’s J line was impacted for several hours early Saturday morning, but normal service resumed around 6:45 a.m., according to NYC Transit.

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