A train claimed yet another life at Ysterplaat train station yesterday, adding to concerns over what appears to be a high number of people being killed on Metrorail lines.
Last month West Cape News reported on the alleged under reportage of rail fatalities after frequent rail commuter Lee Anne Bell had written a strong letter complaining about rising train fatalities.
At the time of her complaint Metrorail confirmed that three people had been killed in separate incidents and its regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swart admitted that rail fatalities were frequent.
Such fatalities, however, had not been communicated with the press.
Yesterday Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott confirmed that a person was killed early in the morning at Ysterplaat train station, resulting in rush-hour delays for several trains for about 20 minutes during a morning of commuting chaos caused by bus drivers being on strike.
She said the incident was tragic and the circumstances surrounding it were yet to be confirmed.
When asked, Scott would not say how many people had been struck dead by trains since the beginning of this year.
She cautioned against illegal crossing of railway tracks and advised the public to only use authorized crossings such as subways and overhead bridges to prevent tragedies.
She said police were set to release the personal details of the victim once “family had been notified.
Some of the safety tips offered to the public including warnings that trains could not take “evasive action or swerve” and that it took up to 500 meters (the length of five rugby fields) for them to stop. – Francis Hweshe