Two men decapitated by train in KwaZulu-Natal

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The scene where a train decapitated two men in KwaZulu-Natal.
The scene where a train decapitated two men in KwaZulu-Natal.
PHOTO: Supplied by Reaction Unit South Africa

Two men have died in Tongaat, north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, after a train decapitated them while they were asleep on a railway line, police said on Tuesday.

"It is alleged this morning at 03:20, two males believed to be in their twenties were asleep on the railway line at Tongaat train station when they were struck by a moving train. Circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated," police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said.

Meanwhile, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) said they were contacted by a passer-by at approximately 06:20, who reported the incident.

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"Reaction officers and RUSA medics were dispatched to the scene and on arrival found railway authorities already in attendance," they said in a statement.

Reports from the ground have suggested that the men were homeless and often slept on the railway line.

Mbele said an inquest docket was being investigated by Tongaat SAPS.


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