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gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has been ordered to fully compensate a train passenger who lost his leg when he was pushed through the open door of an overcrowded train two years ago.  

The amount he must receive will be determined later.  Nare Morena of Tembisa instituted a damages claim against Prasa after the incident late one afternoon at the Kempton Park station in October 2015.  Morena said the train door was open when it arrived at Elandsfontein station where he boarded and remained open the whole time.  The train was full and he had to hang onto a railing.  At Kempton Park station there was a panic when the train started to move while passengers were still boarding and getting off.  They stated pushing each other causing Morena to lose his grip on the railing before he was pushed out of the open door.  His injuries led to his right leg having to be amputated above the knee.  The judge ruled that if the doors had been closed when the train started moving, Morena would not have fallen.  He said Prasa had failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that commuters were safe and was liable for Morena’s damages.

  • Read this report by Ilse de Lange in full at The Citizen

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