Lions River: man run over by train

2009-01-19 00:00

A man was run over by a train at the weekend, bringing to seven the number of people killed by trains in South Africa this month.

Police said the dismembered body of a 40-year-old man was found on the tracks near Lions River.

According to police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan, the train driver said he was travelling towards Durban when he noticed the man lying on the tracks. He tried to warn the man, but he did not move and the train hit him.

The unidentified man was the second train victim in the midlands in as many weeks.

Last week, a 17-year-old girl was killed by a train when it collided with a bakkie at a level crossing in Edendale. Police have not yet released her name.

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) subsequently raised concerns about deaths on railway tracks and filed a Section 77 protest notice with the National Economic Development and Labour Council.

Fedusa general secretary Dennis George said that safety measures should be improved on the train tracks, especially at level crossings.

The police are appealing to the public to help identify the body of the man killed at Lions River. He is described as being a man of average build and medium height, and light in complexion with short black hair. He was wearing grey trousers, a grey T-shirt, a black jacket and black shoes.

If you have information, call Detective Sergeant Jowett Khena of the Howick Detective Service at 082 711 0067 or Detective Captain Subba Naidoo at 033 239 9330. Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

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