Dutch Tourist Dies After Jumping Off Train in Rajasthan

The Dutch tourist and his British friend jumped off the New Delhi-bound Jan Shatabdi Express when they realized they had boarded a wrong train.


A Dutch tourist died on Jan. 2 at Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan when he jumped off a moving train.

Erik Johannes, 54, and his friend from the United Kingdom had boarded the New Delhi-bound Jan Shatabdi Express when they had to take a train headed to Agra. They were going to see the Taj Mahal. Realizing their mistake, the duo decided to jump off the moving train but Johannes suffered head trauma. His friend escaped without any major injuries.

“The incident took place this morning at the main railway station in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district when Johannes and his friend boarded a wrong train that was headed to the Indian capital instead of Agra on the opposite direction,” local police official Giga Ram said, according to Xinhua. “Both realized their mistake when the train started moving and jumped off. They fell down on the platform. While Johannes died on the spot after sustaining fatal head injuries, his friend escaped unhurt. He was rushed to a hospital but was declared brought dead,” he added.

A case was registered and the Netherlands embassy in New Delhi was informed about the death of Johannes.

“We have kept the body in a local mortuary for his family members to arrive in this country,” another official told Xinhua.

The two tourists had gone to Sawai Madhopur on Jan. 1 and were headed to Agra the next day.

Last month, an Australian tourist was killed in a road accident due to a vehicle pile-up in Uttar Pradesh when he was headed to Agra. A series of vehicles collided due to limited visibility on Dec. 21, 2017 on the Yamuna Expressway.

Suniti Singh, the Superintendent of Police, Rural, Gautam Budh Nagar district, said that a roadways bus collided with a truck, which hit a bullet bike on which Australian tourist Mathew, and his friends Ian Bog and Cowalt were going to Agra. He received head injury and was declared dead at the Kailash Hospital in Noida.

The Delhi-Jaipur-Agra route is popular among tourists as they come to visit the palaces and forts of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal in Agra and historical monuments in Delhi. The foreign tourist arrivals until June 2017 for the year 2017 was 8.80 million, a growth of 9.7 per cent, according to Indian tourism department statistics.

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