Retreat train collision kills teenager

2016-06-28 06:00
 Charles Gates (16) died after he was hit by a train whilst playing with his friend on a bike at White Road Crossing in Retreat. His friend lost a leg but is said to be in a stable condition.

Charles Gates (16) died after he was hit by a train whilst playing with his friend on a bike at White Road Crossing in Retreat. His friend lost a leg but is said to be in a stable condition.

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Investigations are underway following an train accident in Retreat that killed one teenager.

Investigators are reviewing CCTV footage after the incident that left one teenager dead and another one in a critical condition.

They were hit by a train at White Road train crossing in Retreat on Wednesday 22 June.

Charles Gates (16) and his friend his 13-year-old friend, whose name has not been confirmed, were playing close to the crossing.

Pieter Rossouw, ER24 Spokesperson says: “When paramedics arrived on scene they found that one of the boys sustained severe head injuries. Unfortunately, there was nothing that paramedics could do for him and he was declared dead.

“The other boy sustained critical injuries including various fractures and head injuries. The injured boy was treated and transported to Groote Schuur Hospital for urgent treatment. The two boys were allegedly riding on a bike and apparently did not see the oncoming train when they crossed the track. The actual cause of the incident remains unknown and is subject to further investigation.”

Kirstenhof police spokesperson Sergeant Diedre Solomon confirms the incident. “This office can confirm that a train accident involving two boys took place on Wednesday 22 June.

“Two boys on a bicycle were crossing a railway line at White Road when they got knocked off by the passing train. One boy died on the scene and the other was taken to hospital. A case of culpable homicide is been investigated,” she says.

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