Hyderabad: A video showing a speeding train just missing a biker but hitting the motorbike has gone viral on social media with the claim that the incident occurred at a railway crossing in Rajahmundry.

In the video clip, we can see the biker trying to cross the railway crossing. However, he stops next to the tracks and loses control of the motorbike which lurches forward. While he escapes unharmed, a speeding train hits the motorbike and smashes it to pieces.


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Fact Check:

The claim that the incident took place in Rajahmundry is FALSE.

When observed carefully, we found that the train and the surrounding areas contain writings in Hindi. So, this might be a place in north India rather than Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh.

We extracted key frames from the video and performed a Google reverse image search. We found a few Facebook posts claiming that the incident occurred at Bharwari manual railway crossing.

We also found a report by Samayam.com Telugu edition that said the Rajahmundry railway police had refuted the claims that the incident took place in Rajahmundry. They clarified that the viral video was not from Rajahmundry Annapurna Peta railway crossing as is being claimed in several posts. They also warned the people that it is an offense to share videos with wrong claims.

We also found that the same video has been shared by newsflare.com with the title "Speeding train in India narrowly misses biker but smashes his motorcycle". The article states that a speeding train smashed a motorcycle after an impatient biker attempted to cross a level crossing in Bharwari, Uttar Pradesh, on 24 January.

The incident was also reported by the Hindi news website livehindustan.com.

According to a report published in Indiarailinfo.com, the incident occurred at Bharwari railway gate on 24 January 2021. A bike collided with the North East Express near the local railway gate on Sunday afternoon. The biker survived narrowly. The train was delayed by about five minutes due to the accident. A report has been filed against the bike driver, it said.

The incident occurred at Bharwari railway gate in Uttar Pradesh and NOT in Rajahmundry. Hence, the claim is FALSE.

Claim Review :   Viral video of speeding train smashing motorbike but narrowly missing biker is from Rajahmundry
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist. Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support. A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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