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‘Meaty’ crash stops traffic

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The truck’s carrier was smashed open due to the weight of the meat when the driver took a turn at the intersection

CORDONED OFF: A truck transporting beef carcasses from Vryburg to Port Elizabeth lost its load at the intersection of Du Toitspan and Lennox streets late on Friday afternoon. Picture: Danie van der Lith

TRAFFIC at the intersection of Lennox and Du Toitspan streets in Kimberley came to a halt on the weekend after a truck transporting beef carcasses valued at about R1 million lost its load.

The police had to speedily cordon off the scene of the accident on Friday night to prevent residents from looting all the meat, while traffic officials were also on the scene to control traffic at the intersection.

The truck’s carrier was smashed open due to the weight of the meat when the driver took a turn at the intersection.

The truck was apparently travelling to Port Elizabeth from Vryburg.

Some onlookers who were itching to get their hands on the meat accused police officials of being fast to attend to “minor” cases while dragging their feet on more serious cases.

“The police are now doing everything in their power to stop us from taking this meat. They are even armed and ready to fire rubber bullets. They were on the scene within seconds, however, when one calls them for more serious crimes they take their time. This is only meat and the owner has got insurance to pay for the losses he suffered. They should just let the people take the meat,” they said.

Local butchery owners picked men from the crowd to assist in loading the meat into another truck. The loading took several hours and some onlookers lost interest in the matter and headed home.

“The butcheries will now go and sell this meat. People will get sick because that meat is already contaminated as it has been lying on the ground for hours,” some onlookers said.

The owner of Van Zyl butchery, Pieter van Zyl, assured people that they were merely assisting the owner of the cargo and that the meat was not meant for his butchery or any other local butcheries.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi said that the police are investigating the accident and added that nobody was injured during the incident.