Sri Lankan rail authorities crackdown on track selfies, after multiple deaths

Sri Lankan rail authorities crackdown on track selfies, after multiple deaths

Those taking selfies will be arrested (Stock image)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Railway authorities in Sri Lanka have announced a crackdown on people taking selfies at rail tracks.

The move comes after recently a 12-year-old boy was decapitated and two other men also died as they took photos on the tracks.

The boy and his brother, aged 24, were on the tracks and had been taking photos in Colombo on Sunday (June 11), according to Channel News Asia.

Police said the boy's decapitated head was then left lodged between two carriages of a train.

On the same day another man died on a different section on the line. He had been taking photos with his new bride.

His new wife also suffered serious injuries and is now being treated in intensive care.

A spokeperson for the railway, Wijeya Samarasinghe, said 28 deaths have taken place on railways in Sri Lanka this year and mobile phones were involved in most of them.

He said: "We are launching a campaign this week to deploy our security staff to arrest those walking on the tracks and taking selfies in front of moving trains.

"There are some who want to post videos and pictures of themselves in front of moving trains. Unfortunately, some are unable to get out of the way in time and get killed."

Police also said that those involved in such incidents are often tourists from other parts of the country, wanting photos with the Indian Ocean in the background.