Man lives after being hit by train

2009-12-01 00:00

A DURBAN man is fighting for his life after he was hit by a train at KwaMashu, north of Durban, yesterday.

While the circumstances surrounding the accident are not clear, it is believed that the man was walking on the railway tracks when he was hit by the train.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, the man was found sprawled on the ground, several metres from the tracks.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said that paramedics battled to treat the man as trains continued to speed past them.

Metrorail closed down one lane to allow paramedics to work. Bad weather made it impossible for a medical helicopter to land, and the victim was taken by an ambulance.

Banks said that the victim, who is in his early 40s, suffered severe trauma and had to be put on advanced life support before being taken to a local hospital.

“It’s possible that the man could have been hit several times as his injuries were severe. There is a pedestrian bridge nearby so we can’t understand why he didn’t use it,” he said.

Last week, a motorist had a narrow escape, executing a quick reverse when he saw an oncoming train at the Klaarwater station in Shallcross, south of Durban.


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