6 train subway A 45-year-old man died after riding a 6 train in the Bronx Wednesday night, police said.
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A 45-year-old man died Wednesday night after his head hit subway infrastructure as he rode atop a 6 train in the Bronx, police said.

The subway surfer, whose named was not yet released, struck the overhead object at about 10:15 p.m. while riding a northbound train on elevated track from the Whitlock Avenue station to the Elder Avenue station in Soundview, according to police and fire department officials.

The man suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead around 10:50 p.m., police said.


Witnesses told police the man was walking between cars before he climbed to the roof of the train, an NYPD spokesman said. Police said it wasn't immediately clear what he hit, but that it was likely a piece of subway infrastructure.

"This the dumbest thing anyone could possibly do," Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz said of the incident.

The MTA has posted warnings against subway surfing and riding outside of train cars in the past.

"Surf the train, and you could get wiped out — forever," the warning states. "Ride inside. Get there alive."

Another 45-year-old subway surfer died while riding a 6 train in Manhattan last October.

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