In a shocking incident highlighting apathy to human life, two youths, who saw a woman fainting on the rail track on seeing an approaching train, failed to rush to her help, but instead took out their mobiles to capture the ghastly scene of the train ramming her.
The incident took place yesterday at Muttambalam in Kottayam. Railway officials said the woman, Laila Thankachan (47) was crossing the track when she was hit by the Parasuram express at around 3.30 pm.
The railway gatekeeper, who was in his cabin, waved the red flag to alert the engine driver as the woman fainted and fell on the track, but in vain and the train stopped only after hitting her.
The gatekeeper said the two youths, who were near the woman, instead of helping her, were keen on capturing the impending ghastly tragedy on their mobiles.
However, in another incident yesterday, a 64-year-old man sacrificed his life while trying to save his hearing-impaired neighbour from an approaching train at Kozhikode.
Abdurehman, who was returning from the mosque, noticed the 70-year-old Raman walking on the railway track and saw a train approaching. He rushed to pull him away from the track but both of them were hit and killed on the spot.