Pupil killed on tracks

2016-03-22 06:00

A pupil who was walking on the railway tracks close to Wittebome station in Wynberg died after he was hit by a train last Monday.

It is alleged he was walking with a friend and trying to cross to the other side of the tracks while he had earphones on. There are claims that the train driver hooted numerous times to alert the child to get off the tracks. The boy, estimated to be between 12 and 14 years old, died on the spot.

His friend ran away and was not seen again.

Riana Scott, Metrorail spokesperson, says: “A pedestrian fatality happened on Monday at 15:43. According to initial reports, a 14-year-old pupil attempted to cross the tracks when he was struck by an oncoming train.

“The police closed the section of track line for the duration of their onsite investigation. Some 30 trains using that section of line were diverted, causing variable delays of between six and 37 minutes. The line was reopened and normal train traffic resumed at 17:54.

“We appeal to pedestrians to always use subways or bridges to ensure they traverse railway lines safely and so avoid potential tragedy,” says Scott.

Wynberg police have been trying to trace the teenager’s family with no luck. They are appealing to the public to help in finding his family.

At the time of the accident he was wearing a white shirt, grey trousers and black shoes. He didn’t have a bag with him.

Lieutenant Ntomboxolo Nqunqeka, spokesperson of Wynberg police, says: “An inquest docket has been opened for investigation.

“We are pleading for anyone who knows him to help us find his family.

“We are also calling on people who witnessed the incident to come forward and help with the case.”

V Anyone with information about the incident should contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Scharl Basson, on 021 799 1330 or 083 781 5078.

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