Bakkie crashes through fence

2013-02-04 00:00

A SCOTTSVILLE resident got the shock of her life when a bakkie crashed through her palisade fence and stopped centimetres from her bedroom window.

Erentia Joubert was fast asleep on that fateful Saturday morning and she thanks her lucky stars that she is still alive.

Had the bakkie crashed through the wall, it would have landed on top of her, as her bed was against the window. She was awakened by a loud crashing sound.

“I woke and jumped up to look out of my bedroom window to see what was going on and I looked right into the bakkie. I got a big fright. I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

She said by the time she went outside, the driver was already walking around inspecting the damage, before sitting down. “He then called his boss for help,” she said.

A passenger in the bakkie, an apprentice mechanic, was taken to hospital to receive treatment for a cut to the back of his head.

The driver of the bakkie, who asked The Witness not to publish his name, was shocked but unhurt.

He said the accident happened when the mat on the floor of the bakkie got stuck on the accelerator. As he’d tried to free it the vehicle clipped the pavement and then ploughed through the fence.

“Its nothing like the truck accidents,” he said referring to two accidents where large trucks ploughed into people’s houses at Cleland and at Edendale in recent weeks.

His employer, Sam Sheik, who attended the scene, said he was very glad that no-one was badly hurt.

Joubert’s daughter, Corlean Nolan (13) said she was in the living room when she heard a “triple bang” which sounded like a house breaking down. Nolan said her stepfather, Phillip Joubert, was away playing bowls when the accident happened.

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