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Man Surfing Train Explodes Into Flames

November 10, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Man Surfing Train Explodes Into Flames

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A 21-year-old man’s adrenalin addiction leaves him fighting for his life. The man was rushed to the hospital after catching fire while attempting to surf on top of a New York City-bound commuter train in Connecticut.

Brian McClellen, an avid skateboarding-stuntman, was found on fire on the roof of the Metro-North rail service shortly after 5am on Sunday in Greenwich, Ct.

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

McClellen had reportedly been surfing atop of the commuter train when he was suddenly electrocuted by a mechanical arm called a pantograph, which transfers electrical currents from overhead lines to the train.

Crew members went to investigate after the train lost power and witnessed McClellan on fire. The quickly rushed to douse the man with fire extinguishers. Paramedics airlifted him to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, Sunday night.

‘He is conscious and holding on. [His mother] is there now,’ a relative wrote on Facebook at around 10pm ET.

The North Royalton High School graduate who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, describes himself on social media as an actor and a model based in New York City.

It is possible there was an explosion before he caught fire, MTA police said.
His condition is unclear but he is believed to be alive.

MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan says MTA police are investigating how McClellen got on top of the train and why.

The 20 passengers aboard the service were escorted off and directed onto another train toward New York.

According to News 12 Connecticut, the train was taken back to Stamford station for inspection.

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