Stray buck causes crash, two hurt

2011-10-26 00:00

TWO people are in a serious condition in hospital after their vehicle overturned when the driver tried to avoid a buck crossing the road in the Dalton area on Monday evening.

Krishna Pillay said his brother-in-law and two sisters were taking his 78-year-old father Soobramoney to hospital after he had breathing problems.

“My father had water on the lungs and developed some breathing problems.

“My brother-in-law was driving the car when the accident happened. The road was a bit slippery and misty, and out of nowhere came this buck crossing the road.

“The car overturned as my brother-in-law manoeuvred to avoid colliding with it.”

Pillay said his father is in serious pain after suffering spinal injuries and doctors were preparing him for a CT scan and possible surgery.

“Our concern is that his age might play against his speedy recovery, but we hope he will be fine as he is conscious. Only one of my sisters remains in hospital with neck and back injuries,” he said.

ER24 paramedics said they found the vehicle on its roof. Local residents had already extricated the passengers.

Spokesperson Derrick Banks said the injured had possible neck and back injuries and were placed on specialised equipment before they were taken to Medi-Cinic.

“Wet weather and poor visibility could have also played a role in the accident,” said Banks.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesperson Maureen Zimu said chances are that the buck was from a private farm and that the owner might not have been aware that it had escaped.

“The area has private game farms and with the element of poaching you might find that the fence at the farm had been tampered with.

“These animals don’t jump over the fence, but use holes in the fence,” said Zimu.

She urged drivers to exercise caution in areas where there are game farms.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lietenant Joey Jeevan said an inquiry into the accident has been opened.

• chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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