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CPT schoolboy killed crossing railway lines

Metrorail has urged members of the public to be careful when crossing railway lines.

Metrorail has again warned the public against illegally crossing railway lines after a scholar was killed while crossing the railway line on 26 July.Picture:EWN

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail has again warned the public against illegally crossing railway lines after a schoolboy was killed early on Friday morning at the Stikland train station.

"It's sad because this is a scholar who was crossing the railway line. The driver said he couldn't hear as he had earphones on and he didn't even look when crossing," said Metrorail's Mthuthuzeli Swartz.

The incident comes just a month after four people were injured when a train smashed into their car at a level-crossing near the Eerste River train station.

According to eyewitnesses the driver apparently tried to jump the crossing, but panicked and stalled the vehicle on the track. The driver and his family then narrowly escaped before the train crashed into their car.

Swartz said, "Lives could have been lost through this useless and senseless disregard of law by motorists. We're calling upon all motorists and the public at large to always be observant when they approach railway crossings."

He said motorists must obey the traffic signals.

"It is not possible for people to beat the speed of the train and it is not easy for a train to stop. It takes up to 500 metres for a train to come to a standstill and this is exactly what happened in this instance."