Brian McClellan Killed after Train Surfing : Man who caught fire wasn’t ‘train surfing’

Updated: November 12, 2014
Brian McClellan Killed after Train Surfing : Man who caught fire wasn't 'train surfing'

Brian McClellan Killed after ‘train surfing’, Police say the man who caught on fire while riding on top of a train car this weekend was a 21-year-old model and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. He died in the hospital Monday, family members and an extremely distraught agent told reporters.

Brian McClellen, 21, was fighting for his life after he was found burning on the New York City-bound train as it rolled into the Riverside station in Greenwich, Conn., about 5 a.m. Sunday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority confirmed Monday that the Cleveland native died of his severe injuries. He likely was badly burned after coming in contact with a pantograph, a mechanized arm pulsing with 12,500 volts of electricity that connects the train with overhead power lines, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

A crewmember used a fire extinguisher to douse the blaze, the MTA said, but McClellan suffered burns to 85% of his body.

Police think McClellen, who lived near Union Square, somehow got atop the car at the Stamford station. About 20 people were taken off the train, which lost power, after the incident.