A Romanian singer was hit and killed by a train while live-streaming himself to his followers as he listened to loud music in his car in the city of Ploiesti, in Romania’s Prahova County.
29-year-old Tavy Pustiu was bopping to pop-folk ‘manele’ music with his wife behind the wheel when a train smashed into the passenger side of the car.
Tavy Pustiu, Romanian singer hit by train | Image: Newsflash
In the clip, the woman, 24, can be seen looking left and right as she approaches the crossing – but she clearly fails to spot the speeding locomotive.
Moments later, Mr Pustiu lets out a terrified shout as he notices the train racing towards the car.
The train ploughed into the side of the white Ford Fiesta, ripping the roof off the vehicle and destroying the passenger side where the musician had been sat. Images from the aftermath also show how both airbags activated in the impact and the windshield was completely crumpled.
Authorities in Prahova County confirmed Mr Pustiu was killed in the accident while his wife, who was not named, remains in a critical condition. She is said to be fighting for her life at Prahova County Hospital.
In a statement, police said:
“As a result of a collision between a train and a car on the level crossing a 29-year-old man who was the passenger in the front of the car was declared dead and a 24-year-old woman who was the driver was injured.
“The accident happened because of non-compliance with the rules at the level crossing.”
The train had been travelling from Maneciu and Ploiesti Sud ahead of the accident and authorities said it was complicated for firemen to remove the pair from the wreckage. The incident caused several hours of delays in road and rail traffic.
In what seems like a tragic play out of fate, about a month before his death, the singer had posted a message to Facebook saying: “One day, the wrong train will take you to the right destination.”