It was an accident - driver who hit impala

2012-05-08 11:07
The lifeless bodies of impala lie in the road after being hit by a delivery truck. (SANParks)

The lifeless bodies of impala lie in the road after being hit by a delivery truck. (SANParks)

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Polokwane - The driver of a delivery truck who was fined R2 500 after he hit and killed at least seven impala in the Kruger National Park says it was a freak accident and he's innocent.

Beeld
reported that Earnest Hickman, 51, was apparently only driving at 52km/h but this was too fast, said a SANParks spokesperson.

According to SANParks, speeding was the cause of the incident.

Freak accident

Hickman said it was a freak accident, “I feel awful, but I’m innocent.”

He claimed he and seven colleagues in two vehicles had exceeded the 50km/h speed limit slightly in order to make the Skukuza gates, which closed at 18:00.

He said the impala had come “out of nowhere” and run across the road.

He tried to brake, but the trailer was heavily loaded and he couldn't stop in time.

"If I could have avoided the accident, I would have. I feel I am being unfairly crucified for something I could not control."

Beeld last week reported how American tourists had seen the accident and reported seeing impala fly through the air as well as lots of blood.

The Star reported that SANParks officials are now considering banning him from entering the park.

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