A 25-year-old man is fortunate to be alive after he was struck by a train while walking down the railway line at Mpopoma Transit Yard in Bulawayo on Sunday.
The National Railways of Zimbabwe confirmed the incident on their Facebook page, revealing that the man was walking on the railway line while wearing earphones. When the tragic tragedy occurred, he did not hear the incoming train honk.
The train accident severely damaged the man. He suffered a broken wrist and head damage.
The NRZ urged the public to take utmost caution on and around railway tracks.
“The man was putting on earphones and did not hear the approaching train. He sustained a broken hand and head injuries. The NRZ urges members of the public to exercise extreme caution on and around railway tracks.”
17-year-old Hit by a Train
Meanwhile, this is not the first time, someone has been hit by a train. In 2022, a 17-year-old juvenile was hit by a train, while walking along the Harare-Mutare railway line, putting on earphones, at the 253km peg in Ruwa.
In a statement, the Zimbabwe Republic Police warned pedestrians against the use of earphones while walking on the road after a fatal accident.
“The public is warned against putting on headphones or earphones while walking on the roads or crossing railway lines, as this may diminish the ability to perceive or hear, thereby increasing the likelihood of being struck by a motor vehicle or train.”
“The ZRP is investigating a fatal incident in which a 17-year-old juvenile was hit by a train, while walking along the Harare-Mutare railway line, putting on earphones, at the 253km peg in Ruwa on Saturday at around 7.55am,” reads the statement.