Pipe pierces man's shoulder

2012-11-01 09:21

Johannesburg - A Viljoenskroon man has described how a pipe fell off a truck, burst through his windscreen, and pierced his shoulder.

Boet Roux, 68, was driving on the Viljoenskroon road to Potchefstroom with his wife Lynette, their daughter Lieze, and their grandson when the incident occurred, according to Beeld.

Roux said he stopped his bakkie, took hold of the protruding end of the pipe, pulled it out of his seat and flagged down a passing bakkie to take him to hospital. The pipe was sticking about 1.5 metres out of the window.

"I did not feel anything. There was a crash and a bump against my shoulder," he said from his bed in Milpark Hospital.

"When I looked back I saw this pipe sticking right through my seat against the back seat on which my daughter sat. The pipe grazed her. I thought, ‘Jinne, these things only happen in movies.’ I still cannot believe it."

He underwent the first of a series of operations, and said he was lucky that no nerves or major arteries were severed.

He said he has kept the pipe, joking that a farmer can always use a length of pipe somewhere.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-11-01 09:32

    he will survive, atleasst it didnt hit his head or child or bothtttttt

      aarchaic - 2012-11-01 12:47

      This happened to a Work mate of my wife last year, Luckily he was not injured but he was driving behind a truck on a mountain pass when huge tree trunk came loose and flew into his just behind him... Car is written off and as far as i know insurance has some reason for not paying his claim... this happens more than we think and would like to know, but look how things is transported sticking miles over the front and back of the truck/bakkies while the law cleary states 1m either side.

  • Gichumz - 2012-11-01 09:44

    At least he can joke about it :)

      mark.ross.779 - 2012-11-01 10:38

      What a boytjie. Keeping on the bright side of things. Wish him a quick and full recovery

  • linda.duits - 2012-11-01 09:45

    Jees, get well soon! I hope you sue the pants off the owner of the truck.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-01 09:51

    Body piercing - You're doing it wrong.

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-11-01 10:25

      Joke.This is not funny at all, i am thinking now what if it happened to me or anyone, you know some people while driving are shaky, this man managed to bring a car to halt with that pipe in him and cause no accident. he is a brave man indeed!

  • trevor.toit - 2012-11-01 09:52

    I nearly had a similar experience in Wadeville in May 2010, a vehicle form Natal Stainless Steel, had tied load on with BOXING TAPE!!! And when he braked load shot off, through my VW Polo’s back windscreen and thank goodness the back seat bore the brunt of impact and saved my life, I had pipes right above head. Management at Natal Stainless Steel were blasé about incident, took NO responsibility and authorities also did nothing over matter. But thank the Lord I’m still here today.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-01 10:07

      I happened upon an accident scene on the N2 near Hammersdale. A bakkie loaded with pipes came around the corner, saw the accident, slammed on brakes and sent pipes flying off his vehicle. Luckily theydid not hit anybody but like your incident they were not secured properly.

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-01 10:16

      Trevor yes thank goodness you are ok and I'm totally disgusted at Natal Stainless Steel for not taking any responsibility shame on you and shame on the authorities!!!!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-11-01 10:13

    Wow,lucky to be alive. And amazing that he can joke about it.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-11-01 10:23


  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-01 10:23

    Well if he had to flag down a passing vehicle,, that means the driver of the truck was not aware of what happend or didn't even care to stop. I hope he at least got the number plate of the truck down. He should sue's the cr@p out of them.

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-11-01 10:28

    I will say you are a brave good driver man. I wonder if it had happend to taxi drivers in Johannesburg? the headline would have been different like 15 die in accident

  • evidence.dumba - 2012-11-01 10:28

    This would not have happened had the truck driver taken a bit of time to properly secure the load. Thank God the pipe went through the shoulder and not the head.

  • lenda.vanzyl - 2012-11-01 10:31

    10/10 for his sense of humor!

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-11-01 10:41

    phew! he is still alive..

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-11-01 10:42

    jussie ou boet, thats not a lekker one, speedy recovery oom........

  • manasse.cordeiro - 2012-11-01 10:49

    I personally believe that the goverment must come up with a plan on when and where the trucks should drive, meaning time frame and location not on roads we the normal drivers use.

  • rudi.dreyer.39 - 2012-11-01 10:49

    He is my brother's father-in law. He actually had heart surgery almost two years ago, but due to doctor/hospital negligence had some severe complications and took a long time to get back on his feet. And now this!!! Oom Boet, dink aan oom. Vasbyt, goeie tye is net om die draai.

  • djim.bie - 2012-11-01 10:57

    Think, what if he was on a bike?

  • uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-11-01 11:00

    awesome attitude!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-01 11:06

    Sue the company because of not tying down the load properly?

  • Msika - 2012-11-01 11:58

    Eina!! Sounds like a scene from Final Destination...seems like he escaped death for now. Get well soon madala!!

  • Hemlock - 2012-11-01 12:32

    WOW....wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

  • louise.weatherby.5 - 2012-11-01 14:09

    Sorry hope you recover soon. I think I would have died on the spot I am too squeemish for somethink like this!!

  • fatalmovesteam.fatalmovesteam - 2012-11-01 15:22

    Shouldn't someone be prosecuted for this???/Overloading and untethered loads caause huge inconvenience to other road users...and could have cost this man his life. See pics of grossly overloaded vehicles and other valuable road safety info on the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-01 15:22

    Lovely sense of humour. A boer maak n plan.

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-11-01 17:31

    Talk about a freak incident and "being lucky" or living to tell the story, this guy has it all. Including the scar to show for it. very good to know that he is ok and hope the driver/owners of the vehicle with the incorrectly secured load are in for some sort of punishment. results could have been deadly.

  • tim.paine2 - 2012-11-02 09:20

    years ago near Potch one of my reps was travelling with his girlfriend in the passenger seat. A lump of rubble fell off a bakkie passing in the opposite direction. It came through the windscreen and through the side of her neck, severing the jugular.

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