Three Indian college students were killed by a train on Monday after attempting to take a selfie in front of it.
The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on the railway tracks off Mathura, near New Delhi. A fourth student, Aneesh, managed to escape without injury.
According to Aneesh, the students were on their way to see the Taj Mahal on Republic Day and had stopped their car to take a “daredevil selfie” on the train tracks. Aneesh said that the timing of the picture went horribly wrong as a speeding train knocked the three students down and killed them on the spot before they could jump off.
The students were identified as Yakub, Iqbal and Afzal. All three were between the ages of 20 and 22. Yakub was from Moradabad, Iqbal from Faridabad, and Afzal from New Delhi.
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“This ‘selfie’ madness is beyond belief,” one Express Tribune commenter wrote. “What a waste of young lives!”
Police said they were trying to establish more details about the students, but that many of their colleagues were in cities for Republic Day. Sanjay Kumar, an officer at the Kosi police station in Mathura, said the department is hopeful it will accumulate more information by Tuesday.
Police have sent the bodies for postmortem.