Trains delayed after man dies crossing tracks near Klapmuts
Cape Town – Metrorail has warned commuters and pedestrians to make use of the overhead bridges or underpasses to cross railway lines after a man died between the Muldersvlei and Klapmuts stations this morning.
This caused trains travelling to and from Wellington to be delayed from 7.12am. Both lines were only reopened at 10.34am.
"We confirm a rail fatality between Muldersvlei and Klapmuts. It was reported at 7.12am and preliminary reports indicated that a male person had crossed the railway tracks between the two stations," said Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott.
"Transnet is the line operator and they closed both lines for the duration of the emergency service and the police investigation.
"At 9.50am, they were able to provide one line and open it for traffic. Both lines were reopened at 10.34am.
"This meant all Wellington trains had to terminate at Kraaifontein for the duration of the on-site investigations.
"We want to appeal to the public that this regrettable incident and unnecessary loss of life could've been avoided by using overhead bridges or underpasses to cross the railway lines."