Police said Thursday that a 17-year-old boy was caught trying to surf the subway on top of a train in Queens.
Police officers patrolling the Queensboro Plaza station in Long Island City spotted a teenager climbing onto the roof of the last car of the No. 7 train bound for Flushing around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, an NYPD spokesman said.
The teenager was another potential victim in an alarming tide of daredevils who illegally traveled the rails in train carriages. He was detained two days after a 15-year-old boy died on the subway while riding the J train rumbled across the Williamsburg Bridge.
During the incident on Wednesday, the police managed to stop the driver, stop the train and remove the teenager from the roof of the train without incident.
The teenager was not charged with a criminal offense, but officers filed a report on the minor for reckless endangerment.
On Monday evening, Zachary Nazario climbed onto the roof of the J train and crashed into a low metal beam. He fell between the train cars, and his girlfriend watched in horror.
He was hit by a train and died on the spot.
“I just don’t want this to happen again, because as far as I know, he is the second child that this has happened to,” Zachary’s heartbroken mother Norma Nazario told the Daily News. “Hopefully his friends will stop and be sure to realize that this happened to the first one and it happened to him. Just stop. Just really stop. It is illegal. I’m sorry, you know, he didn’t listen.
The MTA is seeing a spike in incidents of people riding outside of train carriages, nearly double the rate before the pandemic.
An MTA spokesman told the Daily News that the agency data did not clarify whether the passengers were found “floating” on the subway train or simply traveling between cars.
Last year, 928 people were seen outside subway cars, more than four times the number in the previous two years.
In 2019, the last full year of data before the pandemic, the number of passengers on the subway dropped, MTA officials said, with 490 people caught outside a train carriage.