Five badly hurt as bakkie collides with train at Snathing

2012-02-23 00:00

FIVE workers sustained serious injuries after their bakkie collided with a train at a railway crossing in Snathing on Tuesday evening.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the bakkie ended up against an embankment near the railway line.

The occupants were flung from the vehicle.

The Witness that two of the injured were still in hospital yesterday and were being treated for lacerations and soft tissue injuries.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said police are investigating the incident.

Accidents involving trains are common and Transnet Freight Rail have embarked on a campaign to educate the public on the hazard of ignoring the dangers when approaching a rail line.

Said spokesperson Mike Asefovitz: “What the public need to realise is that a fully laden train takes at least one kilometre to come to a complete stop.

“So it will always have right of way at a level crossing.

“Cars and pedestrians need to realise that it is illegal to enter a level crossing when a train is approaching.”

Asefovitz said Transnet was conducting extensive media campaigns and educational programmes.

“It is an accountability issue that Transnet can’t police. The public need to put their hands up and act responsibly,” he said.

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