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DATELINE 2002 WORLD CUP / INDIA

Man Killed While Watching U.S.-Mexico

June 18, 2002|Jim Barrero

A 25-year-old man was so engrossed in the U.S.-Mexico World Cup game being show on television that he slipped off the platform and was killed by a speeding train in eastern India.

Aveek Tarafdar was standing near the edge of the platform in a Calcutta station, his eyes locked on an overhead television set, when he lost his balance and fell on the railroad tracks, police said.

He tried to climb back, but was hit by the train, police said.

Witnesses said Tarafdar inadvertently stepped back, teetered on the edge and fell.

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