A 21-year-old man, Brian McClellen, was found on fire on top of a New York City-bound train early on Sunday morning. The man had burns over 85 percent of his body and unfortunately later died at a local hospital.
McClellan was discovered on fire when the MTA train stopped in Riverside, Connecticut. The train had lost its power, which led workers to investigate, that’s when the injured man was found. It appeared that McClellan was hit by the pantograph — a mechanical arm that collects power from the overhead wires. The train was due to arrive at Grand Central Station in New York at 6:19 a.m.
A native of Cleveland and current resident of New York, McClellen was a model and actor, who was reportedly preparing to shoot a TV show called, Younger, with Hilary Duff.
Authorities are investigating the incident to figure out exactly why McClellan was on the roof of the train. He was known by friends as a daredevil and often posted videos on Facebook of his various stunts. Though it’s not known for sure, some are speculating that his death was due to a stunt gone wrong. According to the NY Post, “video taken at the Stamford rail station shows an apparently intoxicated McClellen climbing on top of the train.”
McClellan and his family are receiving an outpouring of condolences and love on his Facebook page. He was considered a kind, talented young man and was loved by many. Click through the photo gallery below to see pictures of Brian McClellen.
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