Three college students killed attempting dare-devil selfie in front of moving train

by Gannon Burgett

posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:46 PM EDT


Three Indian men, aged 20–22, have been killed in an attempt to capture ‘dare devil’ photos in front of a moving train. The Times of India reports that Yakub, Iqbal and Afzal (no last names were given) have deceased as a result of a photo stunt gone wrong.

Police are still working on gathering information about the incident, but are reporting that four college friends were trying to take a risky self portrait as a speeding train was headed their way.

At roughly 9:30am, near the Uttar Pradesh town of Kosikala, three of the four individuals partaking in the photo were killed instantly when the timing of the image went wrong and they couldn’t get off the track fast enough. Aneesh (again, no last name given), who is the only surviving participant, says he was trying to take the photo when the tragic incident occured.

This isn’t the first train incident involving selfies. Last May, a 16-year old was killed in Kolompadam, India when he slipped while trying to take a photo of himself in front of an oncoming train.

In a similar, but less tragic incident, Canadian Jared Frank took a conductor’s boot to the face while recording an all-too-close video selfie as a train went by.

Whether it’s for the adrenaline or the social appreciation for sharing these dare devil antics online, it’s safe to say that selfies shouldn’t be taken anywhere remotely close to large, quickly moving vehicles – especially trains.

Image credits: Passenger Train by Axel Drainville, used under Creative Commons