It was only a month or so ago that headlines of this nature were being regurgitated around the web. A new study had found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that more people had met their end because of selfies than because of sharks. While it makes a nice headline, it's not exactly a revelation. Everyone has a camera phone. Not everyone thrashes about in the ocean like a wounded seal.
Still, selfies, like many activities that divert your attention, can be dangerous. Especially when you take them in a place where a train could whizz past and turn you into paste. You'd think people might avoid that one because they have a faint desire to live, but no!
Network Rail recently monitored CCTV at Matlock Bath level crossing in Derbyshire. The nearby station is a popular destination for visitors as it is very picturesque, with the middle of the track offering good views of the quaint, Swiss-style waiting room and potential certain death at highspeed.
That's because over the course of a day eight dangerous incidents were recorded, mostly involving people stopping in the middle of the tracks to take selfies. One group milled about on the rails for eight minutes.
Martin Brown, operations risk adviser at Network Rail, said: "Trains can come from either direction at any time and being distracted by chatting, texting or taking photographs while using the crossing significantly increases the risk of an incident."
Remember, there are innumerable things you can do to limit your chances of a bizarre death. One is NOT pouring blood into the sea before jumping in with meat tied to you. The other is not taking a selfie in a position where a train could flatten you.
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