Man killed while crossing railway line

A 35-year-old man died after he was hit by a train between Parow and Elsies River train stations last week, the latest in a spate of rail-related deaths.

Metrorail spokeswoman Zino Mihi said the man had been illegally crossing the railway line on Thursday September 8.

Early last month, Northern News reported on the death of a 30-year-old man who was killed by a train in Parow (“Man, 30, killed on Parow train track”, Northern News, August 10).

Metrorail has recorded more than 50 rail fatalities since April, said Ms Mihi.

She said Metrorail’s regional protection services team and the Rapid Rail Police Unit jointly assessed security and safety on the lines.

Overcrowding on the trains, she conceded, was a countrywide problem and the demand for rail services far exceeded capacity.

She stressed that trains always had the right of way and it could take them up to 500m to stop in an emergency.

Parow police spokesman Captain Kevin Williams and Captain Daphne O’Riley, the spokeswoman at Elsies River police station, were both unaware of the incident.