Three College Students Die Taking ‘Daredevil Selfie’ Near Oncoming Train

Three college students were run over by a speeding train Monday while they tried to capture the perfect selfie to share via social media. The four young Indian friends were on their way to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra in honor of India’s Republic Day holiday.

Around 9:30 a.m., the students, who were travelling from New Delhi, Moradabad and Faridabad, attempted to take the “daredevil selfie” on the railway tracks while the car they were travelling in was stopped, Times of India reports.

Sanjay Kumar, additional station officer at the Kosi police station, said the friends wanted to snap their photo as close to an oncoming train as possible to upload onto social networking sites.

Aneesh, the only one of the group to survive the accident, told authorities their timing was tragically off and a train mowed his friends over before they could even get the photo. Police said they are trying to find out more about the other students, all between the ages of 20 and 22 and identified only as Yakub, Iqbal and Afzal.

Unfortunately, this isn’t even the first time selfies have cost someone their life — one man wanted to take the perfect gun-toting selfie when things went wrong. Read more on that story here.

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