The 32-year-old man lost his footing, fell from the train onto the tracks, and was struck by an incoming train, the New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed to CNN.
Officers found him “unconscious and unresponsive” around 4:35 a.m. and emergency medical services pronounced him dead at the scene.
Authorities have not yet identified the individual.
The J-train was suspended
between Broad Street and Marcy Avenue and was delayed as a result of the incident, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Normal service has since resumed.
“Riding on top of trains is not smart,” MTA Spokesperson Tim Minton told CNN.
Thrill seekers often find their way on top of the train cars
in attempts to surf the subway. In 2019, a 14-year-old boy died after getting struck while subway surfing, CNN affiliate Spectrum News NY1