Man Dies After Attempting to Surf on Top of Moving New York Subway

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Sadly, several witnesses saw the entire Saturday morning incident unfold.

A 32-year-old man is dead after an attempted stunt went awry.

The unidentified victim was on the southbound J train as it was crossing the Williamsburg Bridge. While “surfing” on top of the train, he lost balance, fell onto the tracks and was fatally struck by a train coming in the opposite direction, the New York Police Department told Inside Edition Digital.

Sadly, several witnesses saw the entire incident unfold.

The incident took place around 4:30 a.m. EST on Saturday, according to police.

During the police investigation, the train’s service was suspended between Broad Street in Manhattan and Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn.

"Riding on top of trains is not smart," Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Spokesperson Tim Minton said, according to CNN.

The NYPD states there was no criminality, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

As of Monday morning, authorities have not released the identity of the man as they attempt to notify the family and they are continuing to investigate his death.

Subway surfing has long been a dangerous trend in New York City.

Eric Rivera, 14, was killed in November 2019 while subway surfing in Queens.

His mother, Maritza Santos, said she had warned him about the behavior after having spotted him in a news story on television about a week before his fatal accident, according to The City.

“I asked him if it was him, he was like ‘No,’” Santos told The City. “I told him it’s very dangerous, that he could get hurt, that he could pass away from that. And he said, ‘Don’t worry, Mom,’ that he’s not doing that kind of stuff.”

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