Pedestrian hit by train, dies

WEEKLY REPORTER

ANOTHER pedestrian has died after being hit by a train while attempting to cross the railway line in Tongaat central on Friday, July 21.

The man (23), whose name has not been released, is the second person to have died in train accident in Tongaat this month.

In a first incident, a 42-year old woman died after she was knocked by a train in Fairbreeze earlier this month. It was alleged she was crossing the railway line when the incident happened.

Tongaat SAPS spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane said in a statement: “We appeal to our community to refrain from crossing railway lines as it is very dangerous - use bridges and avoid crossing railway lines.

“Railway lines are on private property owned by Transnet. This means that pedestrians are prohibited to enter the premises and cross railway lines. It is illegal to cross railway lines and so far 13 pedestrians have been arrested and charged with crossing railway lines where there is no crossing. 

“SAPS Tongaat management is concerned about the number of pedestrians killed while trying to cross the railway lines. As a result two inquest dockets were opened at SAPS Tongaat. The cases are being investigated by detectives.

“Sometimes when a train has just passed from one direction, another train may be coming from the opposite direction. You might not notice the second train because of the noise from the first train.”

Metrorail KZN cautioned residents to refrain from crossing railway lines. In a statement sent to the Weekly, Metrorail said crossing railway lines is illegal.

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