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Train Conductor Kicks Teen in Head For Taking Selfie

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A teen from Iowa recently found out the hard way that sometimes taking a selfie just isn’t worth the trouble – especially if you’re attempting to do so a few inches from a moving train.

A YouTube user named Jared Michael uploaded a video to the world’s most popular video sharing service Tuesday afternoon. In the video, viewers can clearly see the teen standing just a few inches from railroad tracks. Armed with a pair of headphones and his trusty camera, the teen stands motionless. Viewers can hear what Michael (presumably, thanks to the headphones) could not – the blaring horn of a train as it barreled down on his location. The muffled yells of the conductor can also be heard as the train approaches.

The video, still available on YouTube with over 23,000,000 views, clearly illustrates the rest of the story and the lesson learned. Just a few moments after the train enters the frame, so does the foot of the conductor. Michael is soon struck on the side of the head and lowers the camera. The teen is captured on video saying “I think he just kicked me in the head!” The video ends soon after.

As interviewed by the New York Daily News, the director of safety for the railroad Arthur J. Miller indicated that the teen was not only endangering himself and others, but was also trespassing at the time he was attempting to snap his would-be selfie. Though Internet commenters have been quick to point out just how dangerous and ill-advised the action was, they’ve also pointed out the fact that the conductor may have just saved his life.

No word yet from Jared Michael on whether or not getting kicked in the head by a man hanging off of a moving train was worth Internet infamy.

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