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Two-cow collision on Jan van Riebeeck Drive

Jaws of life had to be used to extricate a woman from the wreckage of a car on Saturday, after it collided with two cows in Jan van Riebeeck Drive near Mbekweni.

According to Drakenstein municipal accident records, this brings the number of cattle involved in accidents in the area to eight since January.

The latest incident took place on Saturday 4 August, shortly after 01:30.

According to eyewitnesses, the car was driving towards Newton when two cows crossed the road in Jan van Riebeeck. The red Opel Astra hit them and one of the cows landed on the vehicle’s windscreen.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene, and the injured woman was rushed to hospital, while the driver and another passenger were treated for shock.

At the time of the incident the owner of the cattle could not be traced.

Sgt Nceba Vanqa of the Mbekweni Police Station said a case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated.

Roaming cattle along Jan van Riebeeck Drive have been a big problem for a number of years, and have been the cause of many accidents.

Earlier this year, another man made a narrow escape when a cow roamed into the path of his oncoming vehicle when he was on his way to work.

Gary Boshoff, Executive Director: Community Service at the municipality, said it was in the process of buying a big vehicle to transport big animals, which is intended to make law enforcement in such cases somewhat easier.

“A discussion session with the small farmers’ association will also be arranged soon (farmers are mostly the owners of animals in the Newton/Vlakkeland area),” Boshoff said, “so that different options can be seen to safeguard our roads for motorists as well as to see to the safety and well-being of the animals. These options may include the possible issuing of higher fines as well as the possible auctioning of animals.”

He said the municipality is also looking at the effectiveness of the animal camp’s current fencing and investigating the possibility of signs and better lighting.

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