Probe into Dutch man's eye injury on train

2012-03-28 12:01
Cape Town - Metrorail was investigating the case of a Dutch national hit in the eye by a stone while travelling between Woodstock and Salt River in Cape Town.

"My management team and I are distressed to learn of this incident, particularly in the light of the acknowledged reduction in criminality on trains and stations," regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz said on Wednesday.

"We regret sincerely that [Jorrit] de Vries has had to be subjected to such a senseless and opportunistic attack."

De Vries was on a train around 18:00 last Wednesday when a stone from another train was thrown into the carriage and hit his face.

He stopped at Maitland police station where a security guard asked him to disembark. Security guards apparently said they would take him to hospital, but failed to do so.

Swartz said the facts were being investigated and he was awaiting feedback from the railway police.

"Although stoning incidents are random and unanticipated, I am most concerned about the manner in which Mr de Vries was allegedly assisted.

"This kind of behaviour can never be sanctioned by Metrorail management and action will be taken against such individuals."

He was eventually picked up by an ambulance, but turned away at a private hospital.

According to the Cape Times newspaper, he received initial treatment at Tygerberg Hospital where he was told that he might lose his eye.

According to Metrorail, railway crime has dropped by 37% over the last five years.

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