Police sources say that the 15-year-old boy whose arm was cut off by a subway train in Queens on Monday morning was trying to subway surf.
The boy was climbing on top of the train car with three other teens when he fell near the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station just before 10:30 a.m., the sources said.
It’s uncertain as to whether he fell off the side of the train car or between two cars but he wound up on the tracks, where a northbound R train ran over his arm.
He was discovered lying unconscious in a pool of blood. The teen was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where his arm was amputated.
The incident occurs at a time when the MTA is seeing an enormous rise in incidents involving passengers trying to ride outside of trains. There have been 627 so far this year, especially in comparison to only 96 in 2021.
With four months until the end of the year, that’s a 553% increase. The investigation is still ongoing.
My friend just sent me this. Damn. I’m glad I’m on vacation. At my subway stop at home this happened. A 15 year old kid loss his arm at the elbow trying to subway surf. Where are these kids parents. NYC is going crazy. pic.twitter.com/JeZ7cprrzf— Live and let live (@Rfe2263) August 30, 2022