Motorist escapes death by train

2009-11-24 00:00

METRORAIL have urged motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant when crossing railway tracks, after a man was seriously injured when he tried to drive over railway tracks yesterday.

The man had a narrow escape when he quickly reversed his vehicle when he saw an oncoming train at the Klaarwater train station in Shallcross, south of Durban.

The accident took place just after 7 am.

While there was a slight collision with the train, the victim, whose name has not been released, ma­naged to escape with minor cuts and bruises to his head.

According to ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks, when the victim saw the train coming around the corner before entering the train station, he quickly reversed his bakkie.

There was a collision which pushed the bakkie up an embankment.

The man was extricated from the vehicle, treated at the scene and then taken to a local hospital for further treatment.

“If the driver of the bakkie … did not see the train coming, he could have been killed,” said Banks.

Metrorail spokeswoman Thandi Mkhize has urged the local community to be more vigilant when crossing railway tracks.

“People must stop and wait for the train to pass before crossing the tracks. We are asking them not to compete with the train, as this is extremely dangerous and can lead to death,” she said.

Mkhize said that Metrorail has a year-long campaign which educates people on train safety; officials have visited train stations across the province handing out pamphlets to educate local communities.

“Everyone needs to stay alert when around train stations and railway tracks,” she said.

She said that Metrorail wished the man well and was grateful that he was not killed.

“We think that he panicked when he saw the train. People should be patient and wait for the train to pass before crossing the tracks,” she said.

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