Fender bender sees can of paint erupt

2010-12-09 00:00

A FAMILY of four had to be hosed down by firefighters after a paint container burst in their car during a fender-bender at the corner of Fields Hill and St Johns Avenue near Durban recently.

Deven Padayachee, his wife Logam, their son Aveshnee (12) and daughter Weylene (8) were driving to Pinetown from the Pavilion when the accident happened.

Padayachee had bought four 20-litres tins of water-based paint and loaded two in the boot and two on the back seat.

He said when he turned right into St Johns Avenue another car came speeding from Fields Hill into the same road and crashed into his car.

“On impact there was paint spillage all over the car although only one paint container opened.

“We were lucky to escape with minor injuries,” said Padayachee yesterday.

He said it took him a while to realise the mess that the paint had caused as it slopped over his family and into the car, which is still parked in his yard.

Firefighters hosed them down with water.

“Luckily it was water-based paint so it was not a hassle to remove it,” he said. He said the car is a write-off.

He said the other driver was taken to Crampton Hospital where he was treated and discharged.

Photos of the messy accident, taken by an unknown photographer, have been circulating via e-mail and are posted on the Internet.

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