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SOS Rhino : In the News : Rhino Won't Have to Be Put Down After Car Accident

Rhino Won't Have to Be Put Down After Car Accident

  African Eye News Service (Nelspruit)
February 26, 2003
Posted to the web February 26, 2003

Riot Hlatshwayo

Kruger National Park rangers have found a rhino that was struck by a security company car on Monday morning.

The rhino was tracked down on Tuesday morning and was found to have suffered only minor injuries, while the five occupants of the car were seriously injured.

"There was concern that if the rhino was badly hurt, it might have needed to be put down," said Skukuza police station commissioner Oubaas Coetzer on Wednesday.

The security guards were on their way from Skukuza to do the day shift at the new Phambeni gate between the Kruger and Numbi gates when they hit the rhino at about 5am.

They were not wearing seatbelts and one guard's head slammed against the windscreen. All five were treated at Matikwane hospital.

Police are investigating a case of reckless or negligent driving because the skid marks on the road were longer than 20 metres, indicating that the driver may have exceeded the 50km speed limit.

The car's tyres were also very worn after the accident, Coetzer said.



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