The teenager fell and struck his head as the train was entering the 111th Street station above Roosevelt Avenue at around 6:30 p.m.
The MTA suspended service in both directions as first responders found the boy unconscious with “severe trauma” to his head, police said. EMS rushed the injured thrill-seeker to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was listed in critical condition, according to the NYPD.
“Riding on top of a subway car is reckless, extremely dangerous, and inconsiderate as it causes significant delays for other New Yorkers,” MTA Chief Safety and Security Officer Pat Warren said in a statement. “Seeking a thrill that promises heartache for family and friends is foolhardy; choose other avenues to have some fun, ones that demonstrate respect for those you care about.”
The NYPD did not reveal the identity of the wounded daredevil saying only that the investigation is ongoing.