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5 deadly accidents caused by people taking #selfies

20 May 2015, 12:41

A good selfie takes a lot of work, usually a series of well-angled snaps are taken before the right one is posted all over social media.

The trick to a great selfie is good lighting, a great a filter and most importantly, capturing your best side. And the right angle means exploring your environment.

Unfortunately, most people are now willing to go to great lengths to take the perfect snap, even putting their lives in jeopardy.

I have laughed about several selfie trends that are making waves, but this is honestly ridiculous, people are risking their lives in the name of social media.

Just a year ago Kim Kardashian was almost trampled to death by an elephant while snapping a selfie!

Here’s a look at five tragic selfie inflicted accidents:

Sylvia Rajchel 

While taking a break from medical school in Spain, a Polish student lost her footing attempting to take a selfie on the ledge of the Puente de Trianna Bridge in Seville. The 23-year-old stumbled and landed on the bridge’s concrete support system after falling a shocking 15 feet! I can’t even imagine the fear of watching yourself fall to your near death.

Anna Ursu (and her recovering friend) 

Two Romanian teenagers planned to take the selfie of all selfies, i.e. on top of a train. This is popular in Instagram culture. Anna’s foot allegedly touched a live wire sent 27 000 volts through her body.

A man who reportedly saw them, before the incident, attempted to put the flames out. The 18-year-old died having burned her entire body while her friend later recovered at the St Maria hospital.

Iranian car-jamming girls

Two friends decided it would make for plenty of likes and shares to post a karaoke video of themselves whilst driving. The video quickly went viral because the duo was involved in an accident while jamming to an Iranian pop song called “Ghorboni.” At one point the driver has her eyes off the road and her hands were too busy making hearts.

Surely if you can’t text and drive, then definitely don’t Insta-vid and drive.

View on YouTube

Christine Rosello 

A Rizal High School student in Manila, Philippines fell down a flight of stairs, nine steps from the third floor to the second, while posing for a selfie with an energy drink. Christine was only 13 when she died at the Rizal Medical Center.

Isabella Fracchiolla 

During a field trip to Taranto, a city in Apulia, Southern Italy, a 16-year-old student fell 18 meters onto jagged rocks while trying to take a very risky selfie. Isabella suffered a series of injuries and doctors were unable to save her life.

- Women24


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