300 goats die in truck accident

2010-05-11 00:00

A TRUCK driver and his assistant were injured and at least 300 goats killed in an accident at Umlaas Road yesterday.

The truck was travelling from the Northern Cape to Illovo, ferrying an estimated 600 goats. It overturned at the Umlaas Road turn-off, injuring and killing many of the goats.

The accident resulted in the closure of the turn-off for several hours.

When The Witness arrived at the scene, piles of animal carcasses lined the road barrier, and many more lay at the bottom of the embankment. Surviving goats grazed on the slope

The SPCA dispatched four units from Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Kloof, and Highway to the scene.

Senior inspector Jeanette Salzwedle of the Pietermaritzburg SPCA said they had to put down many of the animals because they were seriously injured.

“Most of the animals sustained serious injuries such as broken legs, broken necks, and others had their intestines hanging out and so we had to put them down.”

SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida said although it was not clear what caused the accident, they identified a number of factors that could have been responsible.

“Incorrect loading resulting in load shift in corners, speeding, negligence or fatigue on the part of the driver are the factors that could have been responsible.”

Vida encouraged people transporting animals to take great care in doing so.

“As there was some delay in contacting the SPCA emergency service this morning, we ask that the public as well as other emergency service organisations ensure that they have this number readily available for after-hour emergencies involving animals — 083 627 9736.”

Attempts to contact the truck owners were unsuccessful.


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