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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Teen on phone fails to see train, dies

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 07, 2013
First Published: 01:21 IST(7/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:23 IST(7/1/2013)

Dangerously close to the edge of the railway platform, busy talking on his phone, an 18-year-old did not notice a fast train that hit him killing him on the spot, said the police.

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Karan Jethwa was on platform number 3 at Sion station on Friday, said the Dadar government railway police. A resident of Gandhi Nagar in Ghatkopar (West), Jethwa was a first year physiotherapy student at Lokmanya Tilak municipal medical college in Sion.

“The patient was brought dead on January 4 at 5.50pm. His skull had split and his brain was popping out," said Dr Suleiman Merchant, dean of Sion Hospital. But Jethwa was not another patient at Sion hospital, he was a student at the adjoining Lokmanya Tilak medical college. “This comes as a shock to all of us. After his classes, Jethwa would come back to college every day to study in the library,” added Dr Merchant.

At 5.30pm on Friday, Jethwa did not realise that he was trailing close to the edge of the platform as he was busy talking on the phone. Immersed in his conversation, he did not hear or see the fast local approaching the platform, said the railway police. Being a fast train, it did not stop at the platform. 

The train hit Jethwa and he was thrown onto the railway tracks. His phone fell from his hand and landed on the platform, where the police found it along with his bag. Other commuters informed the railway police and Jethwa was rushed to Sion hospital.

“A case of accidental death has been registered and we are investigating the matter further. Prima facie, no foul play is suspected in the incident,” said an official from the Dadar railway police.

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