Erik Johannes from Netherlands and his British boarded a wrong train and when they realized their mistake, they jumped off it. The train had however left the railway station.
Jaipur: A 55-year-old tourist, identified as Erik Johannes from Netherlands, died while his British friend sustained minor injuries at Sawai Madhopur railway station in Rajasthan after the duo jumped off a running train, police officials said.
The two had boarded a wrong train. They were leaving for Agra, but boarded a Delhi-bound train and when they realized their mistake, they jumped off. While the tourist from Britain got away with minor injuries, Eric died after he sustained serious head injuries, officials said.
SHO GRP, Sawai Madhopur, Giga Ram said that Erik and his friend had come to Sawai Madhopur to visit Ranthambore national park. They were planning to go to Agra to visit Taj Mahal.
“They bought train tickets for Agra, but boarded Jan Shatabdi Express by mistake. The train left for Delhi. Some passengers told the duo that they had boarded a wrong train. They panicked and jumped off the train. The speed was slow so that they thought they would be able to safely get off the train, but they couldn’t judge the speed properly,” said the officer.
The officer said that after jumping off the train, Erik lost balance and fell on to the platform. He received serious head injuries.
He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him dead.
“His friend sustained very minor injuries,” said the officer.
The body of Erik has been put in the mortuary of a government hospital in Sawai Madhopur.
The police are recording the statement of his friend to determine what exactly happened.
“We are informing the Dutch embassy. A postmortem examination will be conducted in presence of embassy officials or the deceased man’s family members. An investigation is continuing,” said the officer.
Sawai Madhour is nearly 150 km from Rajasthan capital city Jaipur. Its Ranthambore national park is popular among tiger lovers across the world.