Margaret Gates, mother of the boy who was killed by a train this afternoon, says he was her only son. She continued to say that she was at work when she got a call about an incident at the level crossing in Retreat.
Her son, Charles was killed when a train hit him and his friend at the White Road level crossing while cycling. His 15 year old friend sustained critical injuries and was taken to Groote Schuur hospital.
A witness said: "Two school boys were dicing with their bicycles and cross the Railway Crossing between Retreat & Steenberg. A Train hit both of the boys, sadly killing one of them instantly. The other boy, which is in a serious condition, has lost his leg.
It was so sad to witnessed it and the most shocking moment of my life!"