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Man dies after crashing into cow

2012-05-20 13:25

Durban - One man was killed and another seriously injured early on Sunday morning when their car hit a cow on the R56 in Pietermaritzburg, paramedics said.

"Reports from the scene indicate that the vehicle collided with the cow around 05:00. The vehicle then veered off the road and smashed into a tree," Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said in a statement.

"Netcare 911 paramedics and other services arrived at the scene and found that the passenger of the car was in a critical condition while the driver escaped with serious injury," he said.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the critically injured passenger but he died on the scene from injuries sustained.

The driver was treated on the scene and taken to Edendale hospital.

Comments
  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-05-20 13:33

    Picked the wrong cow to have beef with...

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-20 17:23

      The cow didn't moooove fast enough.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-20 18:37

      I see they say the driver ESCAPED with serious injury- sounds like the vindictive cow was holding him hostage?

      wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-05-23 22:17

      Do you think road conditions had a steak in it?

  • Robbie - 2012-05-20 13:49

    Shame,poor cow.

  • Mandy - 2012-05-20 13:58

    wonder if the owner of the cow will be sued like the owner of the horse

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-20 19:07

      .. Wonder if Showerhead will sue the driver or just hook-up with another one, and besides..what the hell was she doing in the road at that time of the morning?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-20 14:08

    You hear this story all to often. Surely there is a law against leaving your live stock unattended. The owner of that cow should be tracked down and brought to book. A life was lost here. Condolences to his family for there loss.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-20 15:36

      There is, but its difficult to enforce due to the constant theft of fences in tribal area's. It is simply not safe to drive through any tribal area at night, these guys livestock wonder wherever they please. And beware, kill one of there animals and you'll be the one attacked for doing something wrong. Its just the ridiculous mindset that exists in so many of SA's people, they can't ever accept that they may be the one's in the wrong. Never. If it was a commercial farmers beast, it was probably on the road due to stock thieve's cutting the fence, so he won't be able to be held accountable either.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-20 15:40

      I hear you Chum. Thanks.

      Genet - 2012-05-21 10:00

      @Chum Scrubber, you are absolutely right. Farmers have their fences cut or fence standards stolen and then lose their livestock on top of it. Very sad state of affairs.

  • Antin - 2012-05-20 14:09

    Road kill.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-20 19:19

      ..Hit a flock of sheep on a sharp bend years ago. Ate mutton for about 3 months and recouped the costs my damaged fender and light by selling what I couldn't store in my deep freeze.

  • Garth - 2012-05-20 14:22

    I personally have almost collided with cattle of goats while driving on a number of occasions. The solution is easy.. All Cattle found wondering on the road must get put down immediately!! The carcasses can be given to charities or other needy organizations. I guarantee that stock owner will very quickly learn to look after the live stock!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-20 15:31

      The problem is in the tribal area's mostly, for years attempts have been made to put up fences to keep livestock off roads, but they are stolen faster than they can be put up. It is this culture that is entrenched in these areas, water pumps are stolen, anything to help these people is rejected and destroyed. And there won't be consequences, because it is chaotic, identifying the owner of the beast will be a nightmare. Commercial livestock farmers look after their fences, so if you strike one of their cattle it is more than likely due to circumstances beyond the farmers control that this sort of thing could happen.

      Garth - 2012-05-20 16:51

      @ Chumscrubber1: as much as I would love to say that the problem is limited to rural areas, in Port Elizabeth at least there are often cows grazing on the roadside opposite the airport and the areas around walmer township. I'm willing to bet that if a cattle owner lost 3 or 4 cows he would quickly take better care of them!

  • freddy.schwarz.12 - 2012-05-20 14:27

    U don't sleep while ur driving!!! What if it would be people!!????

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-20 14:30

      ?

      Garth - 2012-05-20 16:45

      @ freddy.schwarz.12: ironically I have notices that most, not all, humans tend to have a greater sense of self preservation and tend to look before running into the street!

      Philip Zetler - 2012-05-20 17:41

      outlined

  • Bhut - 2012-05-20 15:19

    What about the cow?

  • freda.coetzee - 2012-05-20 15:27

    I Have always said that Red meat can kill you!!

  • Rob - 2012-05-20 18:34

    No doubt in a area where all the fencing has been 'stolen'. In Mafikeng I hit a cow doing in the region of 120 km per hour late one night. Myself and my wife suffered only minor bruising. The cow which catapulted over the car was killed and the car was a 'write off'. The Farmer who did not have fencing was pissed becaise I killed one of his cattle. Should have 'sued' him... One would not believe how difficult it is to see cattle, seeking the heat of a tarmac road late at night. Learnt a lesson and now reduce speed considerably when visibility is poor...

  • Latiffa - 2012-05-20 19:45

    Rob: ur right my wife was driving at a tribal area the other time nd she just heard a loud bang fortunately the car big she got no injuries

  • Lionel - 2012-05-21 05:02

    Bovines on our roads are a regular feature; one of the reasons is because pound laws are no longer enforced - if this were the case, the owners of these hazards would take more care...

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-05-21 10:56

    When will stray animals be impounded for the safety of road users?

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-22 08:03

    This guy needed a Red Bull.

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