Subway Surfer Died in Early-Morning J Train Session at Essex Station
An early-morning subway surf sesh proved deadly as a 32-year-old man lost his footing while atop a Brooklyn-bound J train headed toward the Williamsburg Bridge.
According to police, the incident happened at around 4:30am on Saturday, after the man stood on top of the roof of the subway car. As it left Essex Street station and barreled toward the bridge, the unidentified thrill-seeker lost his balance. Investigators later determined the victim slipped from the roof and landed on the adjacent northbound tracks, where he was hit by another subway train.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not disclosed the victim’s identity pending family notification.
The MTA temporarily suspended service, disabling power as emergency crews responded. However, service resumed several hours later.