Police investigate as man is found on fire on top of Metro North train

Metro North Police are investigating what appears to be a bizarre incident Sunday morning where an Ohio man was found injured on top of a train headed through Greenwich.

According to Metro North spokesman Aaron Donovan, a train was stopped at the Riverside station at 5:08 a.m. after it lost power. Crew members went to investigate why and determine if there was a problem with the lines or with the train itself. That is when they discovered a man on top of the train and on fire. The crew was able to successfully put the fire out and he was taken immediately to Westchester Medical Center for treatment at its burn unit.

His condition was unknown as of Sunday morning and Mr. Donovan said that it was unclear who he was or why he was on top of the train. One thing that was determined was that he is a 21-year-old man from Ohio. Mr. Donovan said that an investigation is underway and that the man was not able to immediately give “anything substantial” in the way of information about why he was there.

Greenwich Police said Sunday morning that the pantograph, which is the device mounted on top of an electric train to collect power from the overhead wires likely fell on him, causing him to be burned and/or electrocuted. The investigation is being handled by the Metro North Police. There was no immediate information available from the Westchester Medical Center about his condition.

The train was headed to Grand Central Station at the time and Mr. Donovan said there were 20 passengers on board. They were transferred to other trains at the Riverside station.

The Post will have more information as it becomes available.

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