Subway surfer dies after falling off top of train on Williamsburg Bridge

A man who was riding atop a subway train as it crossed the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City was killed early Saturday when he fell off and was run over by the train, the NYPD said.

The 35-year-old man was "surfing" on top of a J train heading into Manhattan when he lost his balance and fell onto the tracks at about 4:30 a.m., police said.

Witnesses reporting seeing the man "falling from the train and getting run over," a police spokesperson said.


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The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released so that his relatives could be contacted first.

Subway service on the "J" line over the bridge was suspended for about two hours after the incident.

This isn't the first time someone has died while subway surfing.  A 27-year-old man died in 2017 when he fell off a train while subway surfing.

And in 2019, a 14-year-old boy reportedly died while surfing on a train in Queens.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.