Train runs over Indian teenager taking a selfie

A couple take a selfie on Marine Drive promenade in Mumbai.
A couple take a selfie on Marine Drive promenade in Mumbai. PHOTO: AFP

CHENNAI (AFP) - An Indian teenager was struck and killed after he tried to take a photo of himself in front of an oncoming train, the police said on Monday (Feb 1), in the latest deadly accident involving selfies.

The passenger train ran over the boy shortly after he stepped onto railway tracks to snap the picture in the southern city of Chennai, while walking home with friends on Sunday evening.

"It was a freak accident. More youngsters are now addicted to taking selfies," railway police officer S. Ramuthai from the Chennai suburb of Tambaram told AFP.

The boy, reportedly aged 16, had spent the day at the zoo. He walked in front of the train, waiting for it to get closer to take the photo, according to local media reports.

 

The accident comes just weeks after the police in the western city of Mumbai moved to crack down on dangerous selfies after a man drowned trying to save a girl who fell into the sea snapping one.

Police identified 16 dangerous selfie spots in Mumbai and have asked the local council to erect warning signs and deploy lifeguards.

In May last year, a Russian woman accidentally shot herself in the head with a pistol while posing for a selfie with the weapon.

And United States investigators last February said a pilot's repeated snapping of selfie photos caused a small plane to crash, killing both people on board.