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Drivers and cattle trapped as truck plunges into river

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Rescue workers worked for about two and a half hours to rescue the driver and his assistant from the water.

A NUMBER of cattle, believed to be destined for Beefmaster in Kimberley, were trapped in the Vaal River after a truck they were transported in veered off the bridge and plunged into the water yesterday.

Law and rescue authorities worked for hours yesterday to rescue the truck driver, his assistant and the cattle from the water.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, some of the cattle were stuck inside the trailers.

“The truck had two trailers attached. The trailers landed in the water and got stuck in the reeds of the river. Rescue workers worked for about two and a half hours to rescue the driver and his assistant from the water. The driver and the assistant driver were taken to hospital in Kimberley,” said Kock.

Kock added that it was not clear how many cattle were inside the trailers.

“We are not sure how many cattle were in the trailers. Some of the cattle died while others were injured.

“Police are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving,” Kock said.

A spokesperson for Beefmaster, Louw van Rensburg, confirmed that the cattle were being transported to them.

“The truck was only transporting the cattle. The truck was not our property. We will at a later stage indicate the extent of the loss,” said van Rensburg yesterday.