India 'Train Surfers' Go Viral

Officials plead with boys to stop deadly stunts
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 1, 2011 3:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – A viral YouTube video showing young showoffs clinging to the side of a speeding train in India have shocked officials certain that such hijinks are bound to end in death. The boys in the film first cling to a train as they "surf" along a station platform, then leap to slap passing pylons or "surf" fences outside, all the while continuing to hang on to the train. The stunts are performed for passengers in the "women-only" cars, reports the Telegraph.

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The stunts are “dangerous and insane acts of rashness which nobody should replicate," said a railway official who pleaded with the boys to stop. Others are calling on commuters to pull a brake chord to stop trains whenever they spot the hotdogs. The stunts are the latest craze on the trains which often also attract fare-dodging passengers who sit on train roofs. Passengers nabbed "traveling dangerously" can be fined and imprisoned. (Read more Women carriages stories.)

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