15-year-old girl dies after being hit by train while taking a selfie on tracks
A 15-year-old girl has died after being hit by a train while taking a selfie on the side of the tracks.
Karina Baymukhambetova was killed instantly this weekend when she was struck by a freight-train in Orsk, Russia.
An unnamed boy thought to be a relative was with her at the time. He managed to jump to safety as Baymukhambetova was hit.
Local media East2west reports that the train driver tried to slow down and alert the girl.
"The train driver spotted people on the railway line and sounded his horn,” said the report.
"He applied the train’s emergency brakes but failed to stop the train in time to avoid a tragedy.
"The boy managed to jump away, but the girl was not so lucky and was hit by the train which cut her body into pieces."
Transport police senior youth liaison inspector, Denis Khnykin, has since issued a warning to young people about the dangers of railway tracks.
"I ask you to pay your attention once again and to warn your relatives," he said.
"Please remind them of the fact that railways are dangerous both for your health and life."
Orsk social policy chief, Elena Zaporozhskaya, said: "Children need to be able to say ‘no’ when something is risky for their life and health."
"I want parents to know where their children are and with whom they are spending time. People must protect the lives and health of their children."