Two deaths in two days on Metrorail

Pharie Sefali
Scene of Metrorail accident in 2012 that a GroundUp journalist happened upon. Photo by Margo Fortune.
Pharie Sefali

This morning Metrorail passengers travelling on the Philippi route witnessed a traumatising scene when they saw a body lying next to the railway line. The police have confirmed the death and are investigating the cause.

Passengers speculated that the man was pushed off the moving train in front of the one I was travelling on, since the carriages were overloaded and doors were opened.

GroundUp has been trying to reach Metrorail for comment about this accident but we have received no reply.

This follows an incident yesterday at Cape Town Station when a 55 year-old man was killed by a train. Witnesses believe that the man was was running to board the Bellville train.

A Metrorail official said that the man was trying to jump in the space between carriages. He missed a step and fell under the train while it was moving.

“We could tell that the man was going to work because when we looked at his belongings there was a full packed lunch box and clothes.”

The name of the man has not yet been released.

The Metrorail official said, “People should be careful when boarding trains. We at Metrorail always ask people to close doors while the train is in motion. Also people should not board a moving train,” said the official.

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