Pakistani teen killed during video stunt on train tracks

The man was walking next to the tracks while a friend filmed him, for a video he was going to post on social media.
The man was walking next to the tracks while a friend filmed him, for a video he was going to post on social media.PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD • A young man was hit and killed by a train in Pakistan while being filmed walking along the tracks for a TikTok stunt, the police and rescue officials said.

The accident happened on Friday in the Shah Khalid neighbourhood of Rawalpindi city, near the capital Islamabad.

Mr Hamza Naveed, 18, was walking next to the tracks while a friend filmed him, Mr Raja Rafaqat Zaman, a spokesman for the local rescue agency, told Agence France-Presse.

"The moving train hit him while he was posing for a video and walking on the railway track," Mr Zaman said.

Rescue workers rushed to the site, he added, but the young man was already dead.

Friends of the young man told rescue workers that he was posing for the video intending to post it on TikTok and his other social media accounts, Mr Zaman said.

A police official at the local station confirmed the accident and other details.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 24, 2021, with the headline 'Pakistani teen killed during video stunt on train tracks'. Subscribe