Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi

POLICE have warned against the use of earphones while walking on the road after a fatal accident in which a 17-year-old was hit by a train.

In a statement yesterday, the police said:

“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.”

The police have also urged motorists to always stop and assist when accidents occur.

“The ZRP reiterates that motorists should stop, assist the injured, if necessary, and report all road traffic accidents to the police within 24 hours.

“On Saturday, police in Harare recorded a serious hit-and-run road traffic accident where a man (32) was run over on the left by a Toyota Sienta vehicle, registration number AFW 9839, at the intersection of Robert Mugabe and Julius Nyerere Way,” said the police.

“The motorist briefly stopped and sped off.

“The victim sustained an injury on the left foot and was referred to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for treatment. Investigations are underway.”

— HMetro

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