MTA, Union, straphangers bash platform jumpers
A pair of Jason Bourne wannabes who jumped over a subway platform in Brooklyn left New Yorkers and officials far from entertained.
A video was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday showing a pair of unidentified men jumping over the nearly 11-foot gap between two platforms at the 9th Avenue D-train stop in Brooklyn.
Although the 40-second clip had more than 7,000 hits by press time, straphangers said they were furious someone would promote such a dangerous stunt.
Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign, said he has seen hundreds of stories of people playing around in subway stations, but this one was by far the worst.
Although both men jumped when there were no trains approaching, there still were big risks, including a 600-volt shock from the tracks, Russianoff said.
The YouTube user who posted the video did not return messages for comment before press time.
Russianoff added that stunts like this harm riders and transit workers when their acrobatics go wrong.
Transport Workers Union spokesman Jim Gannon, who called the YouTube jumpers "jackasses," agreed.
"It's also a terrible thing for train crews to live with if one of the teens falls under the wheels and gets cut to pieces," he said.
The NYPD said it is not investigating the jumpers, but warned that jumping platforms can lead to a citation and, if done repeatedly, a misdemeanor charge.
The MTA, which also criticized the daredevils, said trains have struck 29 people so far this year. The agency said it cannot determine how many of those injuries were related to people playing around on the track.
Kevin Ortiz, the agency's spokesman, said the MTA has been pushing an advertising campaign warning people to be wary of the dangers of subway station.
"However, the campaign does not address this type of idiocy," he said.
Ortiz said the agency hopes other thrill seekers don't aim to copy this stunt, but extreme-sports experts say this won't be the case.