Man thrown from train in Pretoria

2012-04-14 16:00

Pretoria - A man was seriously injured when he was thrown from a train near Rosslyn, in Pretoria North on Friday, paramedics said.

According to the injured man he was thrown off when it was discovered he did not have a ticket, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said.

He had a possible spinal injury and a large cut to his head. He was stabilised at the scene and taken to Ga-Rankua state hospital.

In a separate accident also on Friday, a 17-year-old boy was seriously injured when he fell from a train in Vereeniging, ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

"It is believed that the teenager was between coaches when the train went around a bend and [he] somehow lost his balance and fell over."

Paramedics found the boy had a possible head injury, a broken leg and injured both ankles. He was taken to Mediclinic Vereeniging in a serious but stable condition.

  • Frans - 2012-04-14 16:15

    These people, and I don't mean black, thinks absolutely nothing of another person's life. They're not worth to be called people/humans.

      phathuchicos - 2012-04-14 16:23

      aaag please no wonder cape has coined that u know "r" city status in SA...its bcos its full of people like you.

      Frans - 2012-04-14 16:31

      Nice comment Azanian, however it does not change the fact that you are a total idiot.

      Frans - 2012-04-14 16:31

      Nice comment Azanian, however it does not change the fact that you are a total idiot.

      phathuchicos - 2012-04-14 16:39

      i am an idiot but im not a racist...

      nolitha.nxedlanadyariwe - 2012-04-14 17:23

      @Azanian,there's nothing racist about Frans's comment.stop behaving like Malema!

      Frans - 2012-04-14 17:27

      Thank you Nolitha, glad I didn't have to bring that to his attention.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-14 16:26

    wat happened to the "hand him to the police"? metro-rail need to rethink their services...almost 50% of people dont pay, "kwela stuff" gangs knows it. its either they introduce pay as you enter services or else they can expect gravel made up of bones in their rail lines in future...

      Ian - 2012-04-14 16:37

      Or why don't they e-tag rail commuters.....

      Marion - 2012-04-14 16:52

      The man should have been kicked off at the next station, not thrown from a moving train. The idea of 'pay as you enter' is good but obviously totally unviable. When I used to catch the trains in the year dot we had to go past a ticket inspector before we could get to the train as I recall.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-14 16:30

    If this is true its horrific. However I supect that there is more to this story than is being said. Hope he makes a speedy recovery.

      Walter - 2012-04-14 16:38

      its unhuman, but just for interest's sake, what nationality is the victim?

      Shirley - 2012-04-14 16:44

      Dont know-however on the Rosslyn route over weekends there are almost never ticket checks. Whatever the reason it is wrong. I just believe the whole truth is not being presented.

  • Marion - 2012-04-14 16:53

    Hope both these guys recover fully and soon.

      Earl O Tool - 2012-04-14 17:33

      terrible to hear such tragic news

  • Zip - 2012-04-14 17:17

    another abysmal Slapa report. doesn't even say if the CONDUCTOR threw off the freeloading passenger.

  • Brett - 2012-04-14 17:19

    Poor guy. The good news is it seems like juju has been thrown off the gravy train.

      Assegai - 2012-04-14 17:31

      He is on that Gravy Train and not the whole of Africa's Armies or the American Forces are going to remove him! He is showing the whole world, the ANC belongs to him, and to hell with the weaklings running it! The positive in this? Let me just say at last we know what these old freedom fighters are all about. It was only about getting their hands on the money and never about our freedom!

  • Jack - 2012-04-14 17:20

    Note to commuters: If you don't have your ticket, you will be removed off this train immediately. ha ha ha

  • Muofhe - 2012-04-14 17:28

    we are all human,y dont we treat each other humanly n stop treating each other like animals.are people driven by pride?stop bossing around man.

  • Rob - 2012-04-14 17:32

    Someone in the thread below says that 50% do not pay. While it is certainly extreme to throw someone of a moving train the core of the problem is the freebie expectation. Why is it so difficult to restrict entry to the station to fare paying passengers?

      Assegai - 2012-04-14 17:37

      Don't judge him. He could have been on his way to see a sick relative or job hunting. The new South Africa isn't a walk in the park for the poor, so please don't judge.

      Rob - 2012-04-14 19:34

      Assegai: What are you saying, are you trying to justify theft on the basis that the circumstances may be exceptional? Sorry, I cannot agree! Theft is theft! If you take the justigfication approach I have no doubt that we will all be able to find reasons for not paying for something.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-14 18:14

    I'm having such a strong feeling of deja-vu at the moment!! Haven't we been through all of this before? Violent protests, people being chucked off trains, necklacing. Really reminds me of the 80's and early 90's...

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