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"Subway Chicken" YouTube Video Angers MTA, Riders; [Kingston Av on (3)]

Posted by Gold_12TH on Wed Apr 18 00:09:59 2012


"Black teens acting rowdy and jumping from the subway platform on to the tracks and playing chicken with subway trains in Brooklyn, New York." ---Youtube

"A reader sent us this video he took with his iPhone while waiting for a train in the Kingston Avenue subway station. A group of black teens jumped down to the tracks as a train approached the station, and hit the train as it passed. "

A disturbing YouTube video showing teenagers jumping on to subway tracks as a train approaches is causing outrage among subway riders and neighborhood residents.

The video, posted Monday, shows the teens jumping on to a set of tracks at a Brooklyn subway stop. Onlookers scream at them, but the teens continue to linger even as the lights of an approaching train come into view.

Ultimately, the boys did make it back on to the platform, the last one with a mere 10 seconds to spare before the train pulled in. It appears they were playing a potentially deadly game of chicken, competing to see who dares to stay on the tracks the longest before the train comes.

The person who shot the video spoke to News 4 over the phone. He wanted to remain anonymous.

"They could have killed more people on the subway, should the train have to stop suddenly, or the people on the train could get hurt," he said. "They're putting everyone at risk."

Subway riders at the station expressed disappointment and anger.

"I guess it's a commentary on what's happening," said Dr. Barbara Gardner of Crown Heights. "Kids don't have any purpose. Life means nothing, or they don't understand why they're on Earth. This is really sad."

Joshua Olliviere said, "They need some structure in their lives. It's a shame that they come to dive in front of a train to entertain themselves."

MTA officials said the teenagers in the video should be arrested.

“Playing on or near subway tracks is one of the most dangerous things anyone can do, and while you can’t outlaw stupidity you have to remember that 146 people were struck by subway trains last year and 47 of them died as a result," the MTA said in a statement Tuesday. "The individuals depicted in this video should be taken into custody and then they should have their heads examined.”

The MTA said it has passed the video along to police, who are investigating.


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