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Video Shows Man Riding On Outside Of Speeding Red Line Train

By David Matthews | October 6, 2016 1:09pm | Updated on October 7, 2016 11:15am

CHICAGO — This man apparently missed the Red Line train, so he literally hopped on.

Saad Ibrahim posted a video Wednesday night showing the aggressive commuter hanging on to the outside of a moving train as it sped under the Loop. The man can be seen through a door window hanging onto the train while wearing a white button-down shirt and blue backpack. At one point he flashes a thumbs up at the camera.

"Crazy ass," Ibrahim says in the video. 

Ibrahim, 23, was heading to DePaul University's Loop campus Wednesday night when he saw the man and an un-filmed friend jump on the train at the Lake Street stop. The daredevils hopped off the train one stop later at Monroe, he said.

"When I realized he wasn’t falling off or squished by a wall or something I took out my phone and took the video," Ibrahim said. "He had no fear on his face. I think he was just a kid trying to do stupid s--- with his friends."

While the Red Line is always an adventure, Ibrahim said the train jumpers were a step above riders' normal shenanigans. 

"On the CTA trains you'll always see something interesting, but by far this was the most interesting," Ibrahim said. "This was one for the books."

Jeff Tolman, a spokesman for the Chicago Transit Authority, said they are investigating the video and "will pursue appropriate charges."

"Actions like this are extremely foolhardy and display an astonishing lack of common sense and judgment," Tolman said in an e-mail. "This is not only illegal, but dangerous not just to the person involved but other passengers as well."

Police said Thursday they had no record of the incident, but always recommend riding inside the train.

"It's not worth your personal safety," said Officer Jose Estrada, a police spokesman. "You can make up some time, but you can't make up your life. You only get one."

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