A transit clerk suffered burns over 70 percent of his body Sunday when attackers sprayed a flammable liquid in his token booth and lit it on fire, police said.

The incident was similar to a plot line in the new movie "Money Train," which features a pyromaniac who terrorizes New York City token booth clerks by squirting gasoline in their faces and igniting it.Police Officer Sarah Carpenter, a department spokeswoman, declined to comment on the similarity.

The clerk, who was not immediately identified, was in critical but stable condition at a hospital.

Police said two young men approached his booth at 1:45 a.m. in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. They squirted a flammable liquid through the change return window and lit it on fire, causing an explosion.

The injured clerk fled the booth and ran upstairs, where passersby called police, Carpenter said.

Police did not know if anything was taken from the booth. A rifle was recovered at the scene, Carpenter said.