By Tom Bannister
Netizens have been mocking two Hunanese girls after pictures of their photo-shoot, carried out on the tracks of a busy railway line, showed one of them being hit by a passing train. Luckily the girl escaped without serious injury.
The girls were not train-spotters, they were much, much worse than that; they were art students. The Changsha Evening Post reports that last Saturday afternoon the two amateur photographers, Xiaoqing and Xiaoyi, had decided to take their camera along to the nearby railtracks in Shaodong county in Shaogang, Hunan, as you do. Why do this, and on a cold, misty, winter’s day? Who knows.
After taking many shots of themselves in various poses, some sexy, some contemplative, and moving out of the way everytime a deadly, multi-tonne train roared by, Xiaoli suggested to Xiaoqing that she get a little closer the next time a train passed. Xiaoqing, being the martyr to art that she no doubt is, agreed. However, as the next train passed, a strong gust of wind blew her against it and she bounced off to fall down the railway cutting. Xiaoli captured the moment with her camera (with excellent timing it must be noted).
The driver of the train, a freight train, the no.86507, brought it to an emergency stop, causing major disruptions on the busy line. When police took her to hospital, Doctors said that Xiaoqing had injured her hand but not too seriously, and that she had been extremely lucky.
Less luckily for her, but more so for everybody else, the Changsha police posted the girls photos up on their Weibo account as a deterrent to any future railway-line photo-shoots.