Hyderabad student selfie bid ends in horror, gets hit by approaching train

Friday, 26 Jan, 2018

A 25-year-old man was seriously injured while making a selfie video after an MMTS train hit him from behind. The man has been identified by police as Shiva.

A press release from South Central Railway claimed Siva had persisted on capturing the video despite a home guard warning him about the approaching the train.

Mr. Siva is one of many in India who have tried taking videos and selfies near trains.

Shiva was sent flying and his phone fell to the ground, going blank.

The man attempted the selfie next to the tracks for the city's Multi Modal Transport System, a part government-owned suburban line. While Kumar's video goes dark at that point, the sounds of his friends rushing to him can be heard. The incident happened on January 21 near the Borabanda train station.

The official said the reckless action amounts to trespassing on railway property, which is a punishable offence.

In the video clip, the man is seen posing for a selfie while keeping his right arm pointed at the speeding train.

Piyush Goyal, the Minister of Railways and Coal, also posted on Twitter to warn people against risking their life for a photograph.

The video has been shared hundreds of times on social media.

Minutes before the mishap took place, a RPF home guard noticed Shiva standing very close to the tracks and the approaching train and alerted Shiva to move away. His friends later reported Shiva wanted to "touch the train" as it passed.