Woman narrowly escapes grisly death under Cape Town train

2015-08-25 13:18

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Cape Town - A woman escaped a grisly death after nearly being hit by a train at Harfield station on Tuesday morning.

Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said the woman was allegedly attempting to board a train without a ticket at about 06:30 when she was spotted by a Prasa employee.

"A chase then ensued... and the suspect then managed to jump into one of the carriages of a moving train."

Rwexana said the woman fell as she tried to make her way between the carriages.

"When the official tried to grab hold of the suspect, the woman slipped on the wet platform [connecting the carriages] and fell onto the railway track facing an oncoming train."

The train driver spotted her and managed to stop in time

"She sustained a hip injury due to her fall and was taken to hospital," Rwexana said.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott confirmed the incident.

"Twenty-seven trains were delayed as a result; four were cancelled. Normal train traffic resumed at 07:47," Scott said.

The details surrounding the incident are being investigated, she confirmed.

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