Costly cat­tle crash

Zululand Observer - Monday - - FRONT PAGE - Dave Sa­vides

THREE lux­ury ve­hi­cles were de­stroyed and four cat­tle died in a huge col­li­sion on the John Ross Park­way on Thurs­day evening. All oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cles es­caped in­jury as they ploughed into the herd which was cross­ing the west­bound high­way be­tween the South 32 bridge and the Al­ton ro­bots at about 11.30pm. Had it not been for the fact that all three cars in­volved were large and solidly built, with the airbags de­ploy­ing, the out­come could have been far more se­ri­ous. ‘There was sim­ply no see­ing the black cows in the dark­ness,’ said one vic­tim. ‘I am just thank­ful to God for keep­ing me safe through this or­deal.’ The ac­ci­dent took place de­spite in­creased ef­forts by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to cre­ate aware­ness and to in­ter­act with cat­tle own­ers and herds­men through its An­i­mal Con­trol Act. uMh­lathuze Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesper­son, Mdu Ncalane ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment on hear­ing of the ac­ci­dent. ‘I am just grate­ful there were no se­ri­ous in­juries. ‘We are do­ing ev­ery­thing in our power to re­act to stray an­i­mals that pose dan­ger to traf­fic and we will im­pound them. ‘That be­ing said, it is not a sim­ple mat­ter to ar­range the im­pound­ing of cat­tle in the mid­dle of the night. ‘We will con­tinue to seek the co­op­er­a­tion of own­ers and as we do so we ap­peal to mo­torists to ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion when trav­el­ling at night.’

Dave Sa­vides

Three lux­ury ve­hi­cles were se­verely dam­aged as they ploughed into a herd of stray cat­tle on the John Ross Park­way

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