Man critical after crashing into cow
Johannesburg - A man was critically injured after he hit a cow outside Potchestroom on the R53 in the North West, paramedics said on Saturday.
ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said emergency personnel were transporting a pregnant woman to hospital when they came across the cow and shattered glass in the road around 21:00 on Friday.
After a brief search, the man was found a short distance away, trapped in his car which was lodged between blue gum trees in the veld.
The front of the car and its roof had been ripped open.
Banks said military personnel arrived with the jaws of life and other emergency rescue equipment to extricate the man, in his 30s from the car.
The man is apparently a correctional service employee.
Once freed, he was taken to Medi-Clinic Potchestroom to receive treatment for critical head injuries, multiple broken bones and chest injuries.
The cow was killed by the full impact of the car.