Three college students in India died tragic, stupid deaths on Monday after they were killed attempting to take selfies in front of a speeding train, according to the Times of India.
The students, identified only as Yazub, Iqbal and Afzal, were traveling to visit the Taj Mahal when they decided to stop their car near a railway track and snap a photo of themselves in front of an oncoming train.
Apparently, the first part of their plan was successful, as they managed to hop out of the way of the approaching train after taking their photos. Unfortunately, while moving out of the way, they went onto an adjacent set of tracks and were struck by another locomotive heading the opposite direction.
A fourth friend who survived said the group was planning to upload their “daredevil selfie” on social media.
Despite the fact that locomotives run on rails and should therefore be easily avoided, accidental train deaths are oddly common. Just one week ago, fitness instructor Greg Plitt was killed in California by a train after trying to outrun it in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of an energy drink. (RELATED: Man Fatally Shoots Himself While Posing With Gun For Facebook Selfie)
Daredevil selfies have piled up a significant body count of their own. Last summer a Mexican teen accidentally killed himself while taking a selfie with a gun to his head, while a Polish couple on vacation in Portugal tried to snap a family photo on a cliff’s edge and instead fell to their deaths.
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