On Saturday, a 17-year-old was electrocuted and died in a train surfing accident at the Effingham Railway Station in KwaZulu-Natal.
IOL reports that Colonel Thembeka Mbele, the spokesperson for the KwaZulu-Natal police, stated that officials from the Durban SAPS Search and Rescue, Metro Police Search and Rescue and eThekwini Fire and Rescue were called to the station.
“The train was travelling from Duffs Road to Durban when the train conductor noticed the victim and alerted the train driver to stop”, said Mbele. “The body was recovered and handed over to members from KwaMashu Railway SAPS. An inquest docket has been opened.”
The South African Public Rail Services had previously warned teens against train surfing after another train surfing teenager, aged 15, sustained critical injuries after touching one of the power cables, stated IOL.
Zama Nomnganga, the spokesperson for Prasa in KZN, warned the public about the dangers of train surfing. He told the publication that several campaigns had been undertaken to caution children and communities, but these had been in vain.