A teenager was hit and killed by a train while he and his friends were taking pictures on the rails.
Arib Khan, 18, had just moved to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, India two weeks ago to start studying for a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy.
He was originally from Budaun, Uttar Pradesh, his cousin Sharik told local media.
Saturday night he went with a group of new friends to a railway in Shahpura. The teens hung around the tracks and posed for photos, which they wanted to share on social media.
While they were distracted by their photography, suddenly a train came racing towards them from the opposite direction they were facing.
While his friends managed to get to safety in time, Arib was crushed on the track.
The traumatized youth informed Arib’s relatives and the police about the tragedy.
His body was sent for a post-mortem examination, and officers also examined images from the train station the next day.
Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rajesh Singh Bhadoriya said: “Arib went with his new friends to a nearby railway in Shahpura area to click on pictures to upload them on social media.
“When they were taking pictures, a train suddenly came from the opposite direction.
“His friends ran off the track, but Arib was crushed to death.”
It’s not the first train-related death in India this year – 16 people were killed in May after falling asleep on the railways in Maharashtra state.
The victims were all migrant workers trying to walk home, and when they were too exhausted to go any further after traveling 22 miles, they assumed the trains wouldn’t run in the coronavirus lockdown.
Unfortunately, they were wrong and were crushed to death by a passing freight train.