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15-year-old boy’s arm severed by R train while trying to subway surf in Queens

NEW YORK — A 15-year-old boy lost his arm when he and mates have been reportedly trying to subway surf on Monday in Queens.

MTA officers have been warning youthful passengers in opposition to the dangerous pattern of subway browsing, which is gaining reputation on social media, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported.

The blood-stained platform on the Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights station was a grotesque reminder of the damaging penalties.

“They just don’t understand the meaning of life. That’s what the problem is with a lot of these young people who are doing this kind of moronic, ridiculous thing,” mentioned Everett Jennings, of Rego Park.

According to police, the 15-year-old and three mates have been trying to subway surf simply earlier than 10:30 a.m. The boy was strolling between train automobiles when he lost his steadiness and fell to the tracks. His left arm was severed by a shifting R train.

The accident delayed service on a number of traces while paramedics labored to get him to Bellevue Hospital. He was reported to be in steady situation.

“A lot of people are being more daredevil. I don’t get it, but what can we do?” one individual mentioned.

“When you’re a younger person, you don’t have limits, even for a dangerous situation,” commuter Jorge Seans advised CBS2’s Ali Bauman.

Data obtained by CBS2 exhibits there have been 627 incidents of individuals driving exterior of trains in the subway system up to now this year. That’s up drastically from 96 incidents throughout the identical interval final year, 116 in 2020, and fewer than 300 incidents in 2019.

It was not instantly clear if the 15-year-old was on the roof of the subway or strolling from one automotive to one other.

MTA guidelines of conduct explicitly prohibit passengers from climbing exterior the subway automotive or utilizing the tip doorways to move from one automotive to one other, besides in an emergency or when directed by police or a conductor.

In a press release, Pat Warren, the MTA’s chief security and safety officer, mentioned, “Riding outside of subway cars is reckless and extremely dangerous. This behavior can result in awful consequences, as it likely has for the young man who was severely injured on Monday.”

When requested if it is stunning to hear that incidents like this have been taking place extra,” commuter Bianca Rotinseou said, “Nah, I actually simply noticed it occur. I do know a child in my highschool who acquired his head busted open and he handed away from it.”

“One time I used to be like looking the entrance window, from the entrance automotive, and I noticed these older youngsters. There have been driving on the highest,” said Brian James.

“I feel lots of people are in an oblivion after they do issues like that. They do not suppose it is gonna occur to them, or they suppose that they’ll make it,” mentioned Carla Olmez.

Riders mentioned they hope the accident deters others, because the company’s risk of a $75 high quality has not. 

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