Jeremy Marais a 32 years old man from Scottsville in Kraaifontein, died on Tuesday after he fell out of a moving train that is over crowded. Marais was heading to work in Retreat when he fell out of the carriage between Eikefontein and Brackenfell stations.
His body was wrapped around a lamppost.He was going to work with his cousin Desiree Coetzee who only discovered he was gone when she arrived at the Brackenfell station.
Coetzee said she was standing behind Marais in the carriage, which was “so squashed that the train doors wouldn’t close and when they got to the station,She could not see him any more”.
“When i couldn’t find him, i travelled to Brackenfell station to look for him. I asked at the ticket booth about people falling out of the train, but they knew nothing”.
“I then decided to go and look for him on the tracks. A security officer joined me in the search. I started running and when I took a turn, I just stopped, unsure, but there Jeremy was lying, dead, his head near to an iron rod,” she added.
Jeremy’s wife, Samantha, was too distressed to speak and blamed his death on Metrorail.
“The railway will have to make a plan to improve on their services. People are stuffed into carriages and then the doors can’t even close,” said Samantha.
“An ambulance was called but he was certified dead on the scene. An investigation by both the Rapid Rail Police Unit and our Protection Services Investigations team is under way.”