Two guys managed to pull off what many New York subway riders may wonder to be possible when they took a serious risk jumping across the tracks at the Ninth Street subway stop along the D train in Brooklyn.
The 40-second video, entitled "Two Wild & Crazy Guys Jump Across NYC Subway Train Platform," shows two men taking a running jump from one platform to the next, appearing to land unscathed.
The dangerous stunt, which was originally posted on ILPvideo.com on June 10, has the MTA concerned that its viral appeal "encourages the behavior, and encourages copycats," said spokesman Kevin Ortiz.
Transportation Workers Union spokesman Jim Gannon said the jump is "about 11 to 12 feet."
"It looks a little further because they were jumping from one platform to the middle platform, where the express trains come in," he said.
Gannon said the video looked like it was shot on a weekend sometime between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. He does not know if the video was filmed this past weekend or if it was shot at an early date when there might have been track work and only recently posted online.
The risks of jumping not only implicate those crazy enough to try it, but employees of the MTA.
"We have a lot of our motormen who have had to leave the job after they run over somebody accidentally like that," said Gannon. "It's a terrible thing to live with."
"If an employee observes or is made aware of reckless behavior such as this incident, we do request police assistance and train crews are cautioned to enter that location with care," said a spokesperson from StationReporter.net.
According to Gannon, jumping across platforms is not the only precarious stunt people try on the subway. He said 'subway surfing' - riding on the outside of subway cars - is also an issue.
"Electrocution has been outlawed as cruel and unusual punishment," he said. "Beyond just jumping across the platform, if they ever fall in and make contact with the third rail and the running rail, which is very possible, that's a really bad way to go.
"When stuff goes wrong on the subway, it's usually fatal wrong," said Gannon.