Train hits man in Northdale

2012-10-02 00:00

A MAN in his fifties was seriously injured when he was hit by a goods train in the Northdale area yesterday afternoon.

It was not immediately clear how the man was hit by the train but it is believed that he was walking with a friend along the tracks when the incident occurred.

Derrick Banks of ER24 paramedics said they were called to the scene by members of the public and found the man just off to the side of the tracks and in a very critical condition. He said the paramedics assessed him and found he had sustained very traumatic injuries to his right arm from the shoulder down.

“He suffered partial amputation and there was no feeling in that arm so there is a possibility that he might lose it.”

He said advanced life support intervention was performed on the patient before he was taken to Grey’s Hospital for further medical care.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan confirmed the incident and said the man was apparently not aware that a train was approaching as they were walking on the tracks.

Transnet spokesperson Mdu Dlamini said last night they were not aware of the incident as nothing had been reported to them.

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