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15-year-old killed in fall while subway surfing in New York City

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Subway train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge, in New York City
Subway train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge, in New York City

NEW YORK, NY – A 15-year-old fell to his death while subway surfing atop a train in Brooklyn early Friday morning.

The New York City Police Department said the boy was riding on top of the J train while it traveled southbound on the Williamsburg Bridge. The boy was not identified by police.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after falling under the train and coming into contact with the third rail. New York City trains are powered by electricity using the third rail, a 625-volt power line.

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