Selfie costs Indian boy his life

The Indian teen was killed as he tried to take a selfie in front of an oncoming train.

Selfie stick. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - An Indian teenager has been struck and killed after he tried to take a photo of himself in front of an oncoming train, in the latest deadly accident involving selfies.

News agency AFP is reporting the passenger train ran over the boy shortly after he stepped onto railway tracks to snap the picture in the southern city of Chennai, while walking home with friends last night.

The accident comes just weeks after police in the western city of Mumbai moved to crack down on dangerous selfies after a man drowned trying to save a girl who fell into the sea snapping one.

In May last year, a Russian woman accidentally shot herself in the head with a pistol while posing for a selfie with the weapon.