Man burnt with hot tar in Cape Town

2011-07-06 10:54

Johannesburg - A 49-year-old man was burnt with hot tar when he lost control of a truck carrying the substance in Cape Town on Wednesday, said paramedics.

"Blobs of hot tar spewed over the area," said ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser.

He said the man lost control of the tipper truck he was driving on Varkens Vlei road in Philippi when it experienced mechanical failure.

It veered off the road and overturned several times before coming to rest on its roof.

Visser said the man was treated at the scene for burns and broken arm before being taken to hospital.

  • Ryan77 - 2011-07-06 11:06

    Thank God he is alive!!

      TypicalDarkie - 2011-07-06 11:19

      Why are the 2 dislikes to the comment saying "Thank God he is alive" what did those 2 people hope that he died????

      Shazred - 2011-07-06 11:30

      I agree with you Ryan77.. Thank God he's alive... And to the morons who put the thumbs down. Not cool, what is your problem. There are some sick individuals around...

      Airborne68 - 2011-07-06 11:41

      Thumbs down probably from those who do not believe that God had anything to do with it.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-06 11:43

      Yikes..surely painful but thankfully the bloke's alive.

      Flee - 2011-07-06 12:52

      Airborne... Thumbs down to you... I am entitled to my beliefs and find it rather annoying when other peoples beliefs and religion are Shoved down my throat day in and day out .. Thank god this thank god that... Whatever... Just Glad the guy is ok, and hope he recovers quickly from his injuries ... Thanks to no one... K

      Pocketkings - 2011-07-06 13:40

      Flee bag, i thank God - i thank God - i thank God - i thank God

      Grayman - 2011-07-06 15:26

      @ Flee: Who are you going to thank then? Boland Bank?

      Airborne68 - 2011-07-06 16:03

      Flee, I was merely suggesting why the point may have been made. Relax pal.

  • jason banfield - 2011-07-06 11:07

    Would somebody please explain the "Johannesburg" if it is Cape Town News???

      Tolerant - 2011-07-06 11:13

      It is confusing, but the News desk from Jhb probably wrote the report.

      neo_acheron - 2011-07-06 11:24

      I have to agree with Jason. It is confusing. They should rather but the news desk that wrote it under the headline like they do with the date. As for the poor guy in the truck, I hope he makes a speedy recovery. Luckily no one else got in his way when the truck failed.

      zulufox - 2011-07-06 11:31

      the news report is by Sapa and they are based in Johannesburg...

      Meanleader - 2011-07-06 11:36

      Another news 24 fupar ....useless !!

      JohannV - 2011-07-06 11:42

      They don't trust us in CPT to get the news right, so it has to pass through the Thought Police desk in JNB. lol

  • Localguy - 2011-07-06 11:13

    What speed was he doing if he "overturned several times"?

      JohannV - 2011-07-06 11:38

      Ever heard of rolling downhill?

      S Bouttell - 2011-07-06 11:42

      Not too sure if speed was a factor. The vehicle used to move tar is top heavy (high centre of gravity) and could have rolled easily if he put the vehicle in a ditch or trench. Also, there is ullage (back and forward movement of liquid loads) which could have played a part. Very tricky to drive with a shifting load.

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  • Localguy - 2011-07-06 11:44

    "Rolling downhill?"There are no downhills on Varkensvlei.

      Verbatim - 2011-07-06 12:04

      Agreed - just went there with google maps. The area is as flat as Zuma's nose.

      Wedfew - 2011-07-06 12:29

      Verbatim... WTF Now thats not very nice... I don't think anyone has seen Zuma's nose... LOL

  • Susannomore - 2011-07-06 12:17

    How awful! I wish him a recovery from what is going to be a long and painful road. And I echo Ryan77's thoughts, Thank God he is alive.

      Wedfew - 2011-07-06 12:31

      Yeah thank God, which ever way you look at it the tart was speeding ... You should thank God no-one was in his way.

      Grayman - 2011-07-06 15:24

      @Susannomore: Was "long and painful ROAD" a Freudian slip or intensional pun? Ha ha ha.

  • Curveball - 2011-07-06 12:53

    As the driver, it would seem than he has tarnished more than his reputation.

      Utopia - 2011-07-06 13:43

      Trying to joke about someone's misfortune is really not funny.

  • daaivark - 2011-07-06 14:06

    Every heard of the notion of a "turn of phrase" or an idiomatic expression", all you knee-jerk reactors to the phrase "Thank God". I use it regularly and embrace no religion, and I think you will find that this is the case almost universally. Not everyone is as petty as you are. Some of us are a bit more certain of our positions, and don't need to keep hammering them home.

      Susannomore - 2011-07-06 15:40

      Well done. Unfortunatly, you know how this is all going to turn out, don't you? Well, thank God we mind our P's & Q's and didn't let the horse bolt out of the stable...

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