A man believed to be a photographer was left in a critical condition after he was struck by a moving train at Boksburg station, on the East Rand on Sunday, Kempton Express reported.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said reports from the scene indicated that the photographer was taking photos of passing trains when he was struck by one. Exact detail as to how it happened is still speculative and will remain subject for police investigation.
“Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene at about 9.13am and found the man lying on the ground with serious injuries. Emergency personnel stabilised the injured man at the scene before he was transported to a local hospital for medical attention,” added Botha.
In a separate incident, the media industry was rocked by news that renowned cameraman Dudley Saunders was hit and killed by a train in Soweto, last year.
Sara Blecher director of the 2010 documentary Surfing Soweto that brought the sub-culture of train surfing in the Johannesburg township to life and that Saunders filmed said he was filming a follow-up to the release when the accident happened.
“My understanding is that he was filming an interview with a reformed train surfer when he was hit by something sticking out from a passing train,” speculated Blecher.
Saunders, 45 son of political journalist Cliff was reportedly filming for Arrow Media, which launched an investigation.
Starting his career in 1993 with CCV (the SABC’s TV4 after a name change), Saunders moved on to work for Special Assignment and Carte Blanche, among others, touching the lives of those he worked with.
Carte Blanche’s Jessica Pitchford, a close friend of Saunders, said his boundless energy, exemplary work ethic and sense of humour were a huge loss personally and professionally.
“Most television journalists working today will have a funny or terrifying story to tell about Dudley. There was just no stopping him from getting that shot, no matter the odds,” she said.
– Caxton News Service