Man gets kicked in head by train conductor while taking selfie (with video)

04/17/2014 11:17 AM

04/17/2014 11:17 AM

Did he get what he deserved? Is this even real? That’s the discussion now as people watch a guy taking a selfie next to a passing train get kicked in the head by the conductor.

The YouTube video, which some suspect to be a Jimmy Kimmel prank, has gone viral with nearly 6 million hits since a dude named Jared Michael posted it on Tuesday.


was the first to call everyone’s attention to it.

Michael wrote that he recently “tried to take a selfie while a train passed a ‘safe’ distance behind.”

(We agree with one YouTube viewer who wrote: “Safe distance my a@@.”)

He was standing so close to the tracks, though, that as the train whizzed by the conductor, or engineer, stuck his foot out and kicked Michael up the side of the head.

“Wow! That guy kicked me in the head! I think I got that on film!” Michael yells on the video.

Media outlets like

The Washington Post

were rightfully skeptical of the video’s veracity until Michael went on TV and said the video, which might look fake, is real.

The Post deduced that he was standing next to the train tracks of Peru Rail, which run from Cusco to Macchu Picchu.

“A lot of tourists walk the route instead of taking the train, which means the tracks are often crowded with people. The route is also very windy. Accordingly, trains go pretty slow: Peru Rail says the leg from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes an hour and a half, and it's only about 26 miles,” according to the Post.

“So the train that hit Michael moves at an average speed of 17 mph — way, way slower than the speeds typical of passenger trains in the U.S., and a little more than half the speed of your average flying soccer ball."

Arthur J. Miller, director of safety for Permian Basin Railways, told the

New York Daily News

that the incident shows how stupid people are about train safety ... or something like that.

“The point here is clear,” said Miller, “the would-be ‘selfie’ artist was engaged trespassing when it appears a 'little street justice' was administered. John Q. Public does not have the proper respect for railroad trains and property.”

Hmm. Maybe the railway company posted the video?