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    Italian man sparks outrage after taking a selfie as medics tend woman hit by a train

    Italian man has been condemned for taking a selfie on a railway platform where a woman had just been hit by a train.
    The woman, a Canadian tourist, subsequently had her leg amputated.
    The young man made a V for victory sign with his right hand while taking a selfie with his left hand, just yards from where medics were attending the injured woman, who was lying on the ground in agony.
     
    The scene was captured by a local news photographer, with the picture appearing in many Italian newspapers and sparking a debate on voyeurism, insensitivity and the culture of selfie-taking.
    One daily paper called the episode “a portrait of disheartening exhibitionism”.
    The Italian police investigated the incident but concluded that the young man, who has not been named, had committed no crime.

    They ordered him to delete the images from his phone and then released him.

    The incident happened at a railway station in Piacenza in northern Italy on May 26 but only came to light this week.

    “Houston, we have a problem – we have completely lost a sense of ethics,” said Giorgio Lambri, the photographer from the newspaper Liberta who took the picture of the scene.

    He wrote an article for the paper which was entitled “The barbarism you don’t expect: the ‘selfie’ in front of a tragedy.”

     
    It was not clear how the woman was hit by the train in the middle of the railway track – some reports suggested she was rushing to catch another when she was struck. 
    One Italian wrote on social media: “Why are we surprised? This is the level of imbecility of young people these days.”
    Another commented: “What a cretin. Sadly he is one of many.”
    A reader of Corriere della Sera, a major daily, said that while the young man could not be prosecuted for any crime, he should be awarded the title “Super cretin of 2018″

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