By Taniya Dutta
This is the harrowing moment a selfie-crazy student ended up in a hospital bed with broken chest and hands while trying to taking a selfie video with a fast-approaching train in India.
Shiva Kumar, 25, was taking a selfie video near Borabanda railway station in Hyderabad in southern India on Sunday afternoon when he misjudged the distance between himself and the Multi-Modal Transport System train.
In no seconds, as he smilingly pointed out at the approaching locomotive train from behind, standing just meters away from the railway track, Shiva was hit by the engine and thrown away from the track.
The 21-second-long video came to light on Wednesday after it went viral on social media.
Railway police said while Shiva luckily survived the bizarre antics, he suffered serious injuries in his hand, head and chest.
According to police, Shiva got on to the railway tracks near his residence to click a selfie video with a moving MMTS train on January 21.
Dasya Naik, Sub-Inspector, Nampally, Telangana State Railway Police said: “He did not realize the danger he was in and ignored the furious honking by the loco pilot who tried to warn him off. The train hit him and he was thrown away from the track. He received serious injuries on right hand, head and chest, but is out of danger now.”
In the video, Shiva can be seen looking into his mobile camera with a broad smile and pointing at the oncoming MMTS train from behind with his right hand.
Despite the constant honking by the loco-pilot and someone warning him, he ignores the warnings and continues filming saying “one minute”. It appears that he ventured too close to the track and the train brushed past him at high speed, throwing him off the feet.
The video goes blank after 14 seconds with a thud as the young man is hit by the train. It records the commotion that followed as people rushed towards him.
He was taken to a local hospital where he is undergoing treatment for injuries. However, he is out of danger.