Pipe pierces man's shoulder

2012-11-01 09:21

(Paramedics cut the pipe sticking through Boet Roux)

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Johannesburg - A Viljoenskroon man has described how a pipe fell off a truck, burst through his windscreen, and pierced his shoulder.

Boet Roux, 68, was driving on the Viljoenskroon road to Potchefstroom with his wife Lynette, their daughter Lieze, and their grandson when the incident occurred, according to Beeld.

Roux said he stopped his bakkie, took hold of the protruding end of the pipe, pulled it out of his seat and flagged down a passing bakkie to take him to hospital. The pipe was sticking about 1.5 metres out of the window.

"I did not feel anything. There was a crash and a bump against my shoulder," he said from his bed in Milpark Hospital.

"When I looked back I saw this pipe sticking right through my seat against the back seat on which my daughter sat. The pipe grazed her. I thought, ‘Jinne, these things only happen in movies.’ I still cannot believe it."

He underwent the first of a series of operations, and said he was lucky that no nerves or major arteries were severed.

He said he has kept the pipe, joking that a farmer can always use a length of pipe somewhere.

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