Man Dead After Catching on Fire Atop of Metro-North Train: Police | NBC Connecticut

Man Dead After Catching on Fire Atop of Metro-North Train: Police

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    A man found on fire on top of a Metro-North train headed from Stamford, Connecticut, to New York City on Sunday morning has died, according to officials from Metro-North.

    The train, which was due to arrive at Grand Central Station at 6:19 a.m, lost power shortly after 5 a.m. at the Riverside Metro-North station in Connecticut, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    While investigating the power outage, workers found Brian McClellen, 21, of Ohio, on top of the train and on fire, according to the MTA. They used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

    McClellen was shocked and burned after a pantograph, or a mechanical arm on top of the train that collects power from the overhead wires, came down on him as the train entered the station, the MTA police said. 

    McClellen's agent, with the talent agency Colby KMM, said McClellen died this morning.

    The MTA said it is unclear how McClellen ended up on top of the train, but Greenwich police told NBC New York that the man got on the train while it was in motion. Police told News 12 Connecticut that he jumped onto the moving train near the Greenwich/Stamford line and rode it for a while.

    A possible explosion happened when the train was at the station in Riverside, Greenwich police told News 12 Connecticut.

    McClellen was transported to the burn unit at the Westchester Medical Center, according to police. Officials from Metro-North said on Monday afternoon that McClellen has died.

    The train was sent back to the Stamford station for inspection, police told News 12 Connecticut.

    Twenty people were on the train at the time of the incident and another train came to pick up the passengers headed to Grand Central station.

    Metro-North police are investigating.

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