bengaluru: A speeding train, a jeep in the middle of the track and a couple posing for selfies. In reel life this could pass off as super human but in reality it was a disaster in the making. Save, the duo managed to escape death by a whisker.
In what could have turned into a major tragedy, a speeding passenger train rammed an open jeep parked on the railway track in Basavapura railway gate, Ramanagaram, on Saturday morning. Moments before, its occupants were engrossed taking selfies, oblivious of the approaching train.
The city-based couple who was indulging in a selfie spree escaped unhurt after they managed to notice the train at the last moment. However, the vehicle was completely damaged in the accident that took place around 7.45am.
Software engineer Sandeep and his wife Pratibha, residents of Kothanur Dinne in JP Nagar, were on a picnic and driving towards Channapatna, when they stopped at Basavapura railway gate, police said.
"They parked the jeep right in the middle of the track and started clicking selfie from different angles. Meanwhile, Mangala Express, running between Mangaluru and Bengaluru via Mysuru, was approaching ," police said.
Luckily, the train, with 800 passengers on board, had just left the Ramanagaram station and was moving at a speed of 50kmph.
"The loco pilot said he kept honking fearing the worst. However, the couple noticed the approaching train only when passersby began screaming at them," police said. The train was barely 20 metres away when the two jumped from the vehicle and escaped.
Railway police have booked Sandeep and Pratibha for negligence and have registered case against them.