Teens Hospitalized After Being Electrocuted While Trying To Take A Selfie

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Most teenagers make a bad decision at some point, but Olesya Belmasova and Anastasiya Kirillova, both 16, are in hospital after trying to take a selfie on top of an old freight train at the Martsevo station in western Russia.

The teens apparently didn’t realize the train they climbed onto was still in use and on a live track, The Independent reported. A train worker was approaching the girls to see why they were doing when they were electrocuted and “suddenly blasted to the ground.”

The unidentified employee told reporters, “One was completely blackened and the other was on fire, as if she had exploded.”

Both girls suffered burns on over 70 percent of their bodies and fractures and were rushed to a children’s hospital. They remain in serious condition, Metro reported. 

Kirillova, who is still able to speak, said: “We climbed on top of the tank car and then I heard a loud clap. We fell off the car and onto the ground.

“My hair was on fire and I was in so much pain.”

A police spokesman confirmed: “They wanted to take some photos from the top of the tank car but were injured by a high-voltage electric current.”

Despite their injuries, the girls are lucky to be alive. Just days ago another Russian teen received an electrical shock while on top of a train bound for Moscow. The 19-year-old was killed, The Moscow Times reported.

Sources: The Moscow Times, The Independent, Metro

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