Stray bull causes N3 accident

2011-09-08 00:00

A MOTORIST is in a critical condition in hospital while two others escaped with serious and minor injuries after their van hit a bull on the N3 near Lynnfield Park yesterday morning.

The Witness has reliably learnt that 17 accidents involving other livestock belonging to the owner of the bull have already caused three deaths.

Netcare paramedics said the van was travelling towards Pietermaritzburg when it struck a bull running across the highway.

The dead bull and the twisted frame of the vehicle landed on the grass verge with the driver still trapped inside.

The jaws of life were used to free him and he and one of the passengers were taken to St Anne’s Netcare Hospital.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mgomezulu said there was no traffic obstruction.

Pound master Bruce Mattison said livestock roaming on the N3 endanger the lives of motorists.

He said that in some cases owners run away from responsibility when the livestock have caused accidents.

“About 92% of impounded livestock are returned to the owners.

“However, if the livestock have caused accidents owners try every trick in the book to avoid responsibility,” said Mattison.

A reliable source who asked not to be named said the bull belonged to a taxi owner whose animals have caused many accidents on that stretch of the N3.

The source said, “I know of 17 accidents with three fatalities which have been caused by livestock belonging to the taxi owner.

“There are people who are still in hospital after they were involved in accidents with this man’s livestock.”

Colonel Freddie van Tonder of the Pietermaritzburg stock theft unit confirmed that the bull belonged to the taxi owner in question and that he knows of the accidents mentioned by the source.

“We are 99,9% sure that the bull belongs to the same taxi owner whose livestock poses danger to motorists on that part of the N3.

“The number in the ear tag of the bull involved in yesterday’s accident indicates that the bull was in the pound sometime last year and the owner paid a fine.

“We are working with various law enforcement units to press criminal charges against the man,” said Van Tonder.

He said the man has never been criminally charged over accidents involving his livestock.

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