Migrant is electrocuted in human fireball after climbing on top of a UK-bound Eurostar train and getting struck by powerful charge from overhead cable
- Horrific death took place last night at the Gare du Nord station in Paris
A migrant was electrocuted into a human fireball after climbing on top of a Eurostar train and being hit by a charge from an overhead cable.
The man unexpectedly crossed the tracks of two platforms at the Gare du Nord station in Paris last night shortly before 10:00 p.m. Le Parisien reported.
He then climbed onto the roof of a train bound for England. The victim died from electrocution and the entire scene was caught on surveillance footage, according to police.
The man can be seen standing up before bursting into flames, the publication reported.
Firefighters rushed to the scene and were able to extinguish the flames around 10:20 p.m.
A man unexpectedly crossed the tracks of two platforms at Paris’ Gare du Nord station shortly before 10pm last night, according to a report (stock image)
Emergency services tried to save the man, but he was pronounced dead within fifteen minutes, Le Parisien reported.
Police said the man was a migrant. He could not be identified due to the severity of his burns.
The incident did not cause any problems for rail traffic.
In 2017, another man was pushed to death at Gare du Nord while climbing onto the roof of a Eurostar train.
The migrant died from horrific burns which meant he could not be identified.
In July 2015, the same thing happened to an Egyptian teenager at the station. The force of the electric shock threw him down and he was left in a life-threatening condition.
Last month it was revealed that Eurostar passenger numbers had increased by a fifth, despite many travelers between London and Paris still ditching the train for cheaper flights.
The rail operator said it carried 18.6 million passengers last year – a 22 per cent rise on the previous 12 months and a return to pre-Covid levels last seen in 2019.
Eurostar tends to be a more expensive method of traveling from the UK to its direct locations of Paris, Lille, Brussels, Amsterdam and Rotterdam compared to flying.