Train Surfer Electrocuted, Catches Fire

21-year-old man dead after Conn. accident
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2014 12:40 PM CST
Train Surfer Electrocuted, Catches Fire
A commuter at Grand Central Terminal boards the 7:07pm train to New Haven, Conn., on Thursday, May 8, 2014.   (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak)

When a Metro-North commuter train lost power early yesterday in Connecticut, it didn't take much to spot the cause: MTA "workers found Brian McClellen, 21, of Ohio, on top of the train and on fire," reports NBC. Rescuers had to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames; McClellan was taken to a burn unit but later died. The MTA was investigating how McClellan got on top of the train, but Greenwich police said he had apparently been "train surfing" when he was electrocuted by a mechanical arm that transfers electrical current from overhead wires to trains. Meanwhile, a subway brawl broke out in New York City over the weekend, and video is going viral, reports the New York Post. (More train accident stories.)

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