Teen recounts 'Buck Norris' incident

2011-10-12 08:54

Durban - Southbroom teenager Evan van der Spuy has become an international sensation by virtue of a freak accident.

Footage on YouTube showing the 17-year-old’s encounter with a buck has recorded more than two million hits since it was uploaded by South Africa Team Jeep manager Max Cluer on Monday afternoon.

Van der Spuy, who rides for the team, escaped serious injury after being upended by a charging red hartebeest during the Time Freight Express Mountain Bike race at Albert Falls Dam outside Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

Van der Spuy’s team-mate, Travis Walker, had a GoPro camera strapped to his bike and caught the entire incident on film.


“It was being in the right place at the right time and Evan being in the wrong place at the wrong time - one of those moments,” said Walker.

“It was freaky. I saw it coming closer so I braked, [I] thought it would go in between the gap.

“It hit him, lifted him off the ground, [and he] landed in the grass … he started making weird noises and I didn’t know what to do.”

The video has since caught the attention of media giants CNN and ABC News, who have syndicated it to their media platforms.

“I did Skype interviews with them last night [Monday evening]. They aired it this morning and put it on all their networks,” confirmed Cluer, who added that SuperSport will be airing the footage locally.

“I’m not sure if the SABC knows about it, as I haven’t been contacted by them at this stage, but SuperSport knows about it and all the radio stations have picked it up,” said Cluer.

Van der Spuy just laughed off the notion of becoming a YouTube star and being dubbed “Buck Norris” on Twitter. “It’s pretty cool,” he said.

He was in second place and riding at top speed when the antelope - about 1.3 metres tall at the shoulders and estimated to weigh about 150kg - charged straight at him and hurled itself into him.

His helmet imploded and he was knocked unconscious on impact as the red hartebeest crashed into him before getting up and running away.


Van der Spuy has little recollection of the freak occurrence.

“I saw it coming from about 100 metres away … I looked at it and think I pointed at it and from there it was a blur. I just remember lying on the floor when I came to,” Van der Spuy told The Witness.

Walker and another teammate attended to Van der Spuy and phoned an ambulance that took him to Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic.

“They took some X-rays and checked if my spine was still fine.

“I had no fractures, just concussion,” said Van der Spuy, who was discharged on Monday morning.

“If it wasn’t for the helmet I don’t know what would have happened.

“It could have been fatal, so it just reaffirms how crucial it is to wear a helmet at all times.”

Van der Spuy’s mother, Tracy, is thankful that her son escaped the incident with his life.

“He’s very lucky to be alive,” she said, adding that she was reluctant to watch the video.

She said, “I was riding the race as well and didn’t know he had an accident until after I had completed the race. My son Elmo had the video in the car on the way to the hospital … I didn’t want to watch it, but I could hear the sound and it was terrible, absolutely dreadful. I couldn’t watch it until I knew that he was alright.”

  • Bardy - 2011-10-12 09:00

    Only in South Africa

      Anon - 2011-10-12 09:13

      What do you mean only in South Africa!!! This could have happened anywhere in the world where there are buck. Moron.

      Darwinian - 2011-10-12 09:25

      lol, not if it is a red hartebeest...

      daaivark - 2011-10-12 09:27

      What a pointless remark.

      bmoney9922 - 2011-10-12 09:38

      I have a mate who, whenever there is a sunset reccons "only in Africa"! Makes me laugh everytime! Bardy you should try not say the first thing that comes into your head!

      Daniel - 2011-10-12 09:45

      Bardy, words are not things to be used when you don't know what to say.

      Jonathan Farrell - 2011-10-12 09:59

      LOL! He just said "Only in South Africa" and some of you jump to these negative conclusions.... Now that is "Only in South Africa" (If could have simply been a compliment)

      Chris Hansen - 2011-10-12 10:43

      Buckies Botha is more fitting

      Els01 - 2011-10-12 10:47

      Yes Bardy, only in South Africa!!! Cos we are the only place where Hartebeest can roam freely. all those who see this as a negative comment, get a life.

      Nathan Birkett - 2011-10-12 10:50

      Idiots commenting negatively on "Only In South Africa" This IS ONLY IN SOUTH AFRICA!!

      AJ2 - 2011-10-12 13:43

      @bardy: I understood your innocent sentiment, but please excuse my pigs, they are friends.......

      RichyRich - 2011-10-12 13:46

      Ja what a bunch of wops u are. How can "Only in S.A." be negative. You've all developed a complex about S.A. Just cause its collapsing.

      Civil_Rights - 2011-10-12 14:00

      What the Buck? that's a narrow escape...

      Louis - 2011-10-12 16:56

      The buck stops here!

      Carmaine Harrison - 2011-10-12 21:55

      Yeah, only in South Africa! Lucky boy - it could have been a rino!

      Nicholas - 2011-10-13 09:28

      To all those complaining about "only in South Africa", how many non-South African buck collision videos have you seen lately?

      Woji - 2011-10-13 11:16

      Was Bryce Lawrence in the area?

      Alan - 2011-10-13 14:00

      Surely this guy should have had a horn on his bike? I hear the hELANDed pretty hard.

      Alan - 2011-10-13 14:02

      Oh Deer

      Makgowaaraci - 2011-10-13 14:35

      Very funny, right place at the right time and wrong place at the wrong time.

      Rodger - 2011-10-25 23:03

      Actually "only in South Africa" might not be that far off after all. Remember this ?

  • The Spear - 2011-10-12 09:07

    Current hits 4.9 million and counting.

      shrink - 2011-10-12 09:12

      no pain no fame story, but i love it.

      Civil_Rights - 2011-10-12 14:08

      How i wish i can give our politicians 4.9 million the face

      Hein - 2011-10-12 22:13

      Another 1.2 million views in 13 hours! Now at 6.1 million views! Brilliant!!!!

  • Flee - 2011-10-12 09:09

    Buck Norris... Buck Rogers... Buck's Bunny WWWahahahahah. What are the odds of being mowed down by a bucking buck...

      Francois - 2011-10-12 09:14

      The chances are bucking small...:-)

      sonofason - 2011-10-12 09:21

      And have someone handy to video record it! Even smaller...

      Darwinian - 2011-10-12 09:28

      please spare a thought for the national ANC antelope, the Pass-the-Buck.....

      kiwi - 2011-10-12 09:42


      Gungets Tuft - 2011-10-12 09:53

      And Darwinian is the only one to have NOT evolved past making EVERYTHING political. Get over yourself china.

      Darwinian - 2011-10-12 10:01

      @Gungets Tuft uhm, who is the one discussing china here....

      FIO - 2011-10-12 15:20

      I must add this to my bucket list.

      FIO - 2011-10-12 15:26

      Animal must have had some pretty large bucky-balls to take ona cyclist. This is something to add to my bucket list!

      zwelethu.mtselu - 2011-10-12 16:22

      hehehehehe......he got BUCKED UP!!! but at least the poor guy is ayt

      Zero007 - 2011-10-13 14:31

      Only if wecan have him as a Springbok, down goes the wallabies, boy .....hahahaha

  • PurpleDragon - 2011-10-12 09:10

    Annoying when they go on about a video and don't provide any links to it.

      The Spear - 2011-10-12 09:12!

      Francois - 2011-10-12 09:15

      On the right hand side below the picture there's a link...pfffft...

      PurpleDragon - 2011-10-12 09:17

      Ah Francois, thanks for pointing that out. I need to get my eyes checked!

  • Dal68 - 2011-10-12 09:11

    Awesome, luckily he didn't get hurt.....

  • McDaNife - 2011-10-12 09:11

    I thought that was brilliant, if you can say impromptu

      sonofason - 2011-10-12 09:24

      Perhaps they can work it into a movie. "Buck Norris - Chuck Norris afterlife"!

  • KarenC - 2011-10-12 09:14

    I thought it was a joke initially, now I see its an international hit.. now all those tourist will really think we have lion and tigers running around our back yards! LOL

      Gregg Baxter - 2011-10-12 09:20

      Did you see a lion and a tiger. NOT!!!

      shrink - 2011-10-12 09:42

      i thought he was mountain biking NOT back yard biking.......yrrrrrrr maan some people.

      Hennie124 - 2011-10-12 11:18

      @Gregg Faxter and Co. Karen is merely pointing out in interesting view, so please keep your negativity to yourselves before your brains overheat and you pass out!

      KarenC - 2011-10-12 11:19

      Obviously you have never met a real yankie tourist. When that land at O.R. with their cases of bottled water, all kitted out in their khaki outfits, expecting dirt roads. So its not that hard to imagine them thinking this video 'could have been taken in someones back yard'.

      Raider - 2011-10-12 11:49

      @Gregg Baxter - You plonker. Get a life!!!

      AJ2 - 2011-10-12 13:49

      @Gregg Baxter: just a bit of humour there from Karen, nothing to be alarmed about. Dont let it bother you, or have you scrambling for you dictionary or anything. Move on.

      Organist-1 - 2011-10-12 17:18

      Karen, Not so wild at all. I was in the USA recently, in fact in an Illinois town called Decatur and in fact met a 48yr old woman who was surprised that 1)----- Cape Town was a big city with over a million in population and 2) ---- She still believed that it was dangerous as there were wild animals like Lions and Leopards prowling around the streets after dark. Truly, I was gobsmacked. --- Oh by the way, Johburg was a place where you could pick up diamonds in the bush.

      hugo mabasa - 2011-10-12 20:11

      only the doff ones

  • birdman - 2011-10-12 09:19

    Gees Chap, after watching the video yesterday and seeing that the hartebees actually lowered its head before hitting you means that he had you in his sights. It is fantastic news that you are okay! Your helmet definitely saved you from severe head trauma, or even worse. Keep on riding and good luck for your next race!

      Flee - 2011-10-12 10:36

      He will be riding around in a buck~ing cage LOL...

  • Otello - 2011-10-12 09:22

    Wonder if the Hartebees saw Van der Spuy as another male infringing on his space. The Hartebees had excellent timing. Not easy to strike a moving object.

      David - 2011-10-12 13:07

      We should get our Bokke trained to hit moving targets at speed as well :-)

  • Thepudi - 2011-10-12 09:26

    hope he is well n go ride again dude

  • Onestone - 2011-10-12 09:32

    Nou dis hoe n BOK moet tackle!

      thys.groesbeek - 2011-10-12 10:26

      Best Comment by far!!! Lol

      Rudie - 2011-10-12 12:41

      Go get yourself a bells LOL ......

      InternetMan - 2011-10-12 14:48


      whereu - 2011-10-13 06:29

      Net so! Nominate this bok for bok tackle coach.

      Alan - 2011-10-13 13:33

      @ Rudie - Not get yourself A BELLS .... Get yourself an OLD BUCK

  • jka - 2011-10-12 09:33

    Shame, a friend of mine was speared through the leg by a charging buck while out running one day. Her injuries were a bit more serious, but no camera, no fame...

  • static - 2011-10-12 09:33

    Alls well that ends well. I can only imagine what his mom must have gone through.

  • Free Man - 2011-10-12 09:44

    I thought that it was a Springbok and the guy on the bike Bryce Lawrence!

  • G8Daine - 2011-10-12 09:50

    Brave brave Southcity Christian College deputy head boy! You're a legend!

      Shistirrer - 2011-10-12 10:02

      Why "brave, brave"? For riding a bicycle through the bush? He had nothing to do with the incident except being a TARGET!

      Cheryl - 2011-10-12 10:26

      My daughter and son went to Southcity and my daughter so stoked she knows someone famous.

      Flee - 2011-10-12 10:39

      Shistirrer... I agree whats brave about riding a bicycle?? Had he been running through the bush butt naked with a steak strapped to his ass calling "here kitty kitty kitty"... Now that would have been brave...

      Shistirrer - 2011-10-12 11:16

      @Flee: LOL!!! That reminds me of the one "Jackass" episode where they were lying on a hammock with steaks hanging beneath it, above a pride of lions :D Brave? No-o-o-o-o-o... Stoopid? YES!!!

      Flee - 2011-10-12 12:17

      Shisterrer... LMFAO.. I would wet my pants... Stoopid is not the word... hahaah

      Carmaine Harrison - 2011-10-12 21:51

      @Shistirrer: Brave, brave for not changing his name when the clip went viral.

  • imker.steyn - 2011-10-12 09:52

    Herd saru is considering to hire the Buck as a defencive coach for the boks next year .

  • ghost rider - 2011-10-12 09:52

    now only if we could teach the rhino's to do the same to the poachers in this country..

      Darwinian - 2011-10-12 12:13

      now that would be fantastic!!!!

  • edriffel - 2011-10-12 10:02

    Where can I get hold of that Buck, want to introduce him to Bryce Lawrence!

  • shrink - 2011-10-12 10:05

    now that looks like a very angry bok,anyway is there any blood relation between the boy and bryze lawrenzz,just asking.

  • Chase - 2011-10-12 10:08

    Sometimes it's better to pass the buck.

      brown_bread - 2011-10-12 10:51


  • Chris - 2011-10-12 10:08

    According to Bryce it was not a high tackle!

  • umkhombo - 2011-10-12 10:27

    What the buck!

  • Yuck - 2011-10-12 10:33

    @Evan. Sorry bokkie, my wife said to me that your legs were sexier than mine, and in a moment of madness I took off at you. Now that we are both internet stars we should be friends.....Rudolf the Red Hartebeest

  • Chulu Macingwane - 2011-10-12 10:46

    How did we decide that our national rugby team is the Springboks when is clearly the Hartebeest that has great cover-defense and makes huge hits.

  • brown_bread - 2011-10-12 10:54


  • BlackPoison - 2011-10-12 11:18

    Don't think the manufacturers of the helmet had this kind of endurance testing in mind.

      Rose - 2011-10-12 12:26

      A good opportunity for some advertising !!!!!!!!!!!!

      TrulyGoode - 2011-10-13 10:09

      @Rose, it may have saved his life but it was shredded. No advert for endurance there...

  • ShanMo - 2011-10-12 11:34

    Seriously, how was the buck. Havent been able to find any info on that. Anyone know?

      Alan - 2011-10-13 13:35

      yeah - I also looked and could find BUCKerall

  • Frans - 2011-10-12 11:35

    How much was this worth in Rands - I wonder.

      Flee - 2011-10-12 12:18

      About 100 Bucks??

      KarenC - 2011-10-12 12:23

      Flee.. took the words right out my mouth :)

      Christian1 - 2011-10-12 12:32

      Actually it was 1 buck :-)

      Flee - 2011-10-12 13:58

      Christian... Inflation Bud ... 1 buck becomes 100 Bucks LOL...

  • African_Rose - 2011-10-12 11:35

    Uniquely, proudly only in SA... makes me think of Phalaborwa. My Mum worked for one of the local mines and as part of a keep fit initiative undertook to walk to work every morning. A risky undertaking because there were often animal encounters along the road, even elephant every now and then!

  • Rose - 2011-10-12 11:49

    Enter the video for Kwela's Video competition. A BORN WINNER !!!!!!

  • Paul - 2011-10-12 12:46

    It's good to see that South Africans still have a sense of humuor! Gr8 comments people!

  • Anton - 2011-10-12 12:59

    Yeah what is the buck telling you. "GET OUT OF MY ENVIROMENT"

  • Ettiene - 2011-10-12 13:23

    Bwha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!! *classic*

  • Gibbaan - 2011-10-12 13:26

    That was a late tackle.Where was Bryce?

  • Nedkelly - 2011-10-12 13:30

    Does anybody know if the buck is okay?

      murf - 2011-10-12 14:43

      Some funny comments. Has this happened before, if so why?

      Tracy - 2011-10-13 13:00

      yes the buck ran off..

  • pitbull - 2011-10-12 13:56

    They should hire the hartebees to play for the Boks or at least the Blue Bulls

  • ProudExpat - 2011-10-12 13:59

    In Africa, BUCK ride YOU!

  • Lucianog - 2011-10-12 14:01

    o look - is it a mouse?, is it a lion?, nooooo its buck norris!!!! I think it is revenge (you run my brother over on the highway, I run you over)

      Fanie - 2011-10-13 12:45

      Agreed - Hartebeest Bulls(Rams? are grumpy buggers in rutting season - if you look at the picture it seems as if the animal is comming up at an angle from behind - chances are he got fed up with the cyclists in his domain and decided to take one on - Just glad he only have a concussion

  • Orosman - 2011-10-12 14:25

    Well! Did he buck the outbacks

  • MM - 2011-10-12 14:29

    there goes his e-buck reward

  • Whitepig - 2011-10-12 15:17

    Was that a Malema buck?

  • Crazy Cruzer - 2011-10-12 15:48

    Thank goodness it didnt get him with its horns , wouldnt have been so lucky.Vasbyt dude

  • preshen govender - 2011-10-12 16:20

    he is passing the buck

  • sophiedemarigny - 2011-10-12 19:41

    saw this on the news in Vancouver Canada, the news reporters all had a good giggle and were in awe ... glad you're ok!

  • londonbok - 2011-10-12 21:54

    You can see him pointing, saying 'WHAT THE BUCK!?' There is a message in this for all of us, you cannot keep a good Bok down, and maybe this will stop all the Springbok emblem debate? Bucking hell, I hope the bok is OK? Loving all the comments, especially the Bryce connection. Glad to hear Buck Norris is OK, keep smiling you bucking Saffas! GIVE IT HORNS!!

      Carmaine Harrison - 2011-10-13 06:45

      We need to swap the springbok for a hartebees. THEN you'll see some rugby!~

  • Reedrat - 2011-10-12 22:37

    Evan van der Spuy does his own stunts. (See what happens when you try to pass the buck.)

  • Reedrat - 2011-10-12 22:49

    I see a movie in the making - like the one where the two dudes pee in the fountain and lightning strikes and they change personalities. Picture this ..... Buck crashes into man on mountain bike and they both tumble into the grass. Man gets up and starts grazing in the veld and buck gets onto the mountain bike and rides off into the sunset. End of movie.

  • whereu - 2011-10-13 06:17

    Verdomde Fietsryers. They get in our way on the roads; now they get in the bokkies way!

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-13 06:49

      Senengeti highway protest..These guys are watching you

  • whereu - 2011-10-13 06:52

    Poetry competition about bokkies which includes the word Timbuktu The winner is Me and Tim a huntin' went Met three whores in a pop up tent They was three, and we was two So I buck one, and Timbuktu.

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-13 06:57

      Cool now cmpose us a nice maaifoedie song.

  • leadsa - 2011-10-13 08:25

    I think that Hartbees is a "bloody-agent" hehehehehe