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Metrorail: Stone throwing a concern

Metrorail says some of the culprits who hurl stones and rocks at passing trains are young children.

Metrorail says some of the culprits who hurl stones and rocks at passing trains are young children. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says it often receives reports of items such as stones and rocks being hurled at passing trains by pedestrians.

A Strand commuter was hurt on Tuesday night when a beer bottle, flung through a carriage window from the outside, struck him in the neck.

Similar incidents were reported near Eerste River Station on Tuesday.

Metrorail's Mthuthuzeli Swartz says, "We continue to get such reports and it is very concerning to us. The unfortunate thing is that children as young as 10-year's-old get involved in these kinds of mischievous acts."

Last October, a 12-year-old girl died after she was hit with a rock while traveling on the train.