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Illinois Man Hospitalized After Badly-Timed Selfie

A 33-year-old man is lucky to be alive after thinking how awesome it would be to take a selfie while a train is approaching.

Illinois Man Hit By Train While Taking Selfie
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We all love a good selfie and sometimes even hope it will get a few likes or hearts or retweets, but this is another indication of someone not thinking before snapping.

A 33-year-old man had the bright idea of snapping a selfie near a set of train tracks with a locomotive barreling toward him. What could go wrong? He either took too long to take the photo or completely misjudged the train’s speed because, according to The Associated Press, the train hit the man’s arm causing him to be spun around and hit by the train. Ouch.

WREX reports,

Police say the 33-year-old man was standing near the tracks Saturday afternoon with his back to an Amtrak train that was slowing down as it approached a station. They say he was holding up his phone in what they believe was an effort to take a photo of himself with the train in the background.

He should have just used a selfie stick and found a camera angle that would make it appear as though the train was nearby when it actually wasn’t. But, instead, he chose the risky alternative yet somehow survived. The AP says he remains hospitalized in critical condition and authorities have not released his name. You can bet he’ll be very careful about his future selfies.

Lesson: Don’t risk your life for a selfie.


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