The train tradegy

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Life is too short, you may never know when is your time too die, so utilize the time you have at its best.

Submitted: September 28, 2010

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My heart is filled with sympathy for the family of the one I’ve seen and those I heard of today. It is round about six ‘o clock in the evening and I’m walking back home from work and just as I a am about to approach the bridge that crosses over the Inhlanzane station, I see a fire brigade and ambulance vehicles parked outside the station and small groups of people gathered around the other side of the station and on top of the bridge. As I get closer towards the crowds my eyes meet with a body of a young man, wearing a grey, white and red coloured school uniform with a pair of black all star (takkies) on his feet, hanging down on the one side of the metrorial train. It was pretty clear that the electricity of the train had strike him dead as he lay hopelessly still with his head in the gutter, and his body hanging on the side of the train where a huge crowd of people stood and watched with fear filled in their eyes. The 13th of January 2010 the first day of school reopening in Gauteng, then I asked what had happened and the answer was exactly what I had assumed, only that he was not the only one who laid still, another one of his friends were dead a few metres away from him. The pain that the families are yet to feel and most certainly try to survive cannot be measured, I figure that the families of the deceased had already prepared for the year, new uniforms, school books, stationary and must have already paid for their school fees and other plans, but what do we say in this kind of situation, If only they had sat down like all the other passengers non of this would have been thought or seemingly happened. Who knows? These could have been our future doctors, presidents or even our top achievers, people valuable in our communities or was it in God’s plan. Nobody really knows what could have been of these precious lives. This is a lesson to all, the former staff riders and young men who thought and still think that this is a cool game, a game that determines one’s life or death, we must consider the choices we make in life whether they will make us or break us.


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