Sep 21 2008 KINROSS, South Africa. An unknown couple were hit and killed by a train on Friday-evening at around 23:30 near the small gold-mining town of Kinross in South Africa.
They were killed while engaged in the sex-act on the railway tracks, said the driver.
Police were investigating whether the woman had been 'a willing partner' or whether she was being raped. South Africa has the highest reported rape-rates* in the world, so this would not be so surprising.
Quoted was police superintendent Abie Khoabane of the Mpumalanga police, who also said that they didn't know the identities of the couple. They had no identification-documents nor any property to identify them with them at all, he said.
Also, there were no homes nor vehicles nearby. The nearest settlement to the accident was the gold-mining town of Kinross (pop. 10,000) -- 65 miles from Johannesburg.
The distraught train-driver said he was unable to stop the train in time - he'd spotted them on the tracks just before the train hit them and was only able to bring the heavy train to a complete stop while later. Police said that when he came across the dead couple he immediately notified police.
Economy of Kinross: Kinross was established as an agricultural-service centre. It forms a linear stretch along the N17 and the railway line to the south of the town and is directly linked to the industrial regions of Secunda and SASOL, the South African state-owned fuel-from-coal plants. The town is largely reliant on SASOL for employment.
Together with Thistle Grove, Kinross has a population of about 10,750 people. This mining region became infamous worldwide because of the worst gold-mine disaster in SA history in 1986, when a massive fire had killed 177 mineworkers and injured 235 from poisoned smoke caused by plastic insulation material. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,962424,00.html
Rape statistics 2007/8 South Africa:
News report in Afrikaans: http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2397218,00.html
Municipal statistics: http://www.govanmbeki.gov.za/demographics.htm