Police concerned about train accidents

30 Dec 2017 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 29 DEC (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has cautioned motorists and pedestrians to be cautious when they approach railway crossings.
In a statement issued on Friday, the police urged the public to not underestimate the speed of trains, never to cross train tracks when an oncoming train is heard or seen and to always stop and wait for a train to pass.
“Importantly, pedestrians are urged never to sit idle on train tracks because it is risky,” the NamPol statement said.
It further said in a number of train accidents reported in the past, it was observed that drivers and pedestrians often were not very cautious when approaching a railway level crossing.
Two accidents involving trains were reported this week, one of which led to a fatality.
At Okahandja Thursday night, a 35-year-old man allegedly failed to stop at a railway crossing and a passenger train drove into his pick-up.
The man sustained serious injuries and died in hospital shortly after the accident.
At Usakos, a 21-year-old man sustained severe leg injuries when he was run over by a train at around 06h30 on Friday.
The man was allegedly seated on the train tracks.
He was taken to the Usakos State Hospital and subsequently transferred to the Katutura State Hospital in Windhoek for further treatment.
NamPol investigations continue.