Man, baby killed as car hits cow on N3

2011-12-12 08:21

Pietermaritzburg - A man and his 8-month-old daughter were killed and his wife seriously injured when their car hit a cow near the Tweedie offramp on the N3 in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Sunday, said paramedics.

The car hit the cow and it rolled up the bonnet and over the roof, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

The man and his daughter had been killed on impact.

His wife was taken to St Anne's Hospital, said Wicks.

  • DieSeL - 2011-12-12 08:38

    Sad sad sad! :( I agree, what the heck are cows doing on the freeway?

  • John - 2011-12-12 09:09

    I trust that the owner of the cows is going to be charged with murder. There is no difference between letting your cows roam on the motorway and racing your Mini Coopers through Soweto.

      aarchaic - 2011-12-12 09:10

      unfortunately the owner is just going to disapear and not claim ownership...

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-12 09:24

    can someone please tell me what the hell a cow was doing on the freeway????????? oh yeah we live in a first class african country WTF man!!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-12 09:49

      Walking probably. Cows cant read so I take it he did not know it was a highway. And BTW that area suggests a white farmer, so dont go all racial. Idiot.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-12 09:37

    RIP. people when traveling please watch for things in the road it may save ur life

  • lizaan.maree - 2011-12-12 09:42

    Wel dis net in SA waar mense iemand anders se pyn in n fight kan omsit.. Julle keni eers daai mense nie en wat makit tog saak wa die bees vandaan gekom het?die feit is daar le n vrou ini hospitaal en as sy mooi wakker is gaan sy besef dat haar man en baba dood is!! wat van n betjie simpatie eder?

      Gareth - 2011-12-12 15:16

      Quite right. I'm a little ashamed I got carried away. Sterkte vir the man and dogtertjie se families.

  • Steve - 2011-12-12 09:43

    i say that if you find livestock wandering across a road that you are entitled to shoot it there and then - tough luck for the owner How is this wife ever going to be OK after this - losing a husband and baby at the same time, it is disgusting

      Squeegee - 2011-12-12 09:50

      Steve, your'e probably right, but I'd love to see what the bunny huggers are going to do with your comment.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-12 10:11

    Wow! A fatal accident involving a car and a cow, and half of the comments go racist on this! My deepest sympathies to the mom, what a terrible thing to have to deal with.

  • Peter - 2011-12-12 10:46

    With respect to Gareth, you don't find sheep on motorways/Highways in England, or cattle in Australia. I have travelled extensivly and on Highways in the western world it is quite safe. I do acknowledge that Kangaroos are a problem in OZ, but you must bear in mind that they are wild and wild aninals are generally apr oblem in most places. The problem here is that we are talking about DOMESTIC/FARM cattle !

      Gareth - 2011-12-12 14:03

      Hi Peter, thanks for the feedack. For the record, I have not given a thumbs down. I liked it :) I haven't travelled to England country side, i based my comment on a google search result of news stories. But in OZ, i laughed out loud when i saw a small herd walking in the pedestrian lane near Ipswich in Brisbane, commenting to my family i felt like i was back home! But your point about domestic animals is true. Just that Tweedie is an agricultural area so it's not completely unexpected. Travel SAfely in the Holidays! G

  • jrmaleoskop - 2011-12-14 14:57

    it is time that the law enforcement units take charge and impound all stray animals on the national roads does not matter who the owner is, if he does come forth a fine must be slapped on him and his cattle be confiscated.

  • gcshrimpton - 2011-12-14 18:46

    WTF? The other day on the N12 (between Klerksdorp and Potch)there was a small cow (calf) eating grass at the side of the road. Problem is when there is an accident the bastards who own the cattle are nowhere 2 b found. RIP and condolences 2 those left behind.

  • Gail - 2012-01-01 10:30

    The problem here is that you have no claim against RAF if you hit a cow. Go out to scene of accident please family with camera and recorder and take photos of all the debris and marks on the road. Find out where cow came from and take exit point of cow and walk around and up fence adjacent to where cow came from. Talk to people from around the area. Prefereable this to be done as soon as possible after accident by two reputable family members so there are witnesses. It happened to us and we claimed from the farmer (a white man) and won our case of damages against him. Nothing will bring back those you lost but believe me money does help because you will suffer later in life from secondary problems caused by he injuries sustained . Many people lose everything because their family doesn't know to do this. Our accident happened at night and the cows came through a farm which farmed chicory but the farmer next door had a silent agreement with the chicory farmer that his cows could stroll through holes in their boundary fence which had holes large enough to drive a grader through. Chicory farmer's farm had no gate in gateway leading to the national road so this evidence was critical.

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