A Russian schoolgirl’s family was left heartbroken after she was “cut into pieces” after a freight train hit her while she was taking a selfie on the tracks in Russia.
Karina Baymukhambetova was killed under tragic circumstances in Orsk, Orenburg when the train’s driver desperately applied the emergency brake but was too late to stop hitting her.
Karina’s relative, who was with her on the tracks with her, was able to jump to safety.
According to him, he had warned her of the danger but she supposedly told him, “Be afraid of nothing in life.”
Local media reported: “The train driver spotted people on the railway line and sounded his horn.
“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.”
Social media was filled with an outpouring of grief at the news of her death.
Anastasia Meshkova, Karina’s friend, wrote: “We remember, we love, we grieve.”
Family friend Lena Dzyuba also said: “Such grief. How her mother cried, my heart almost broke into pieces, so awful.”
Friend Anna Kalamaeva told the dead girl’s 39-year-old mother Natalia: “Eternal memory to your little angel.”
Authorities are planning to open a criminal case looking into Karina’s death soon.
The horrific accident has triggered warnings to young people in Russia on the need to follow selfie safety.
Denis Khnykin, the transport police senior youth liaison inspector, told parents: “I ask you to pay your attention once again and to warn your relatives.
“Please remind them of the fact that railways are dangerous both for your health and life.”
He added that children and teenagers frequently ignore warning signs on railway tracks.
Over the last few months, two 14-year-olds suffered electric shocks in unrelated incidents after they trespassed on rail tracks.
Elena Zaporozhskaya, Orsk social policy chief, said: “Children need to be able to say ‘no’ when something is risky for their life and health.
“It is a hard thing to learn but necessary.
“Secondly, 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.”
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