535 ‘Headphone Walkers’ Killed by Trains in Bangladesh

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The mostly unfenced railways of the South Asian country

The police said in recent years “headphone walkers” have become a new menace as people walk on tracks listening to music or talking on mobile phones using earphones.

A total of 535 people have been killed since 2010 after being hit by trains while wearing headphones on tracks in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police said in Thursday

Fatalities hit a record high in 2014 when 109 people died. Numbers have declined since thanks to an awareness campaign, but police said 54 people were still killed in this way last year.

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