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Stunt goes horribly wrong for Cape Town youth

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A 12-year-old Delft boy was hospitalised over the weekend after he was hit by a trailer of a moving council truck he’d been hanging on.

IN AGONY: Boy, 12, knocked down by a City trailer after jumping from truck

A 12-year-old Delft boy was hospitalised over the weekend after he was hit by a trailer of a moving council truck he’d been hanging on.

Shortly before 1pm on Friday, a large crowd gathered around the bleeding boy on Delft Main Road following the accident.

According to witnesses at the scene, the boy jumped on a City of Cape Town truck and took a short ride along Delft Main Road before jumping off.

“He was on the truck for a short time and wanted to jump off at the circle. As the truck turned by the circle, he jumped off, but didn’t see the trailer and the wheels of the trailer went over his face,” said a 51-year-old man who did not want to be named.

SHOCK: Mense look on after the accident in Delft

Witnesses ran after the truck and driver, Gelant Mostert, 52, says he got a skrik when people told him a boy had been hit by the trailer.

“They just told me now so I turned back to see if the child is OK. They like to jump on the back of the trucks and we can’t see anything. We didn’t even feel anything because it was the trailer at the back of the truck. I am going to the police station now. I just want to see if he is OK,” Mostert said.

The boy had several head injuries and screamed in pain as paramedics wrapped his head.

He was taken to Tygerberg Hospital for further treatment and was accompanied by his 16-year-old uncle.

Traffic along Delft Main Road came to a standstill as residents watched in disbelief as the boy confirmed to a paramedic that he had jumped on the back of a truck.

SCENE: Delft laaitie was knocked down by a trailer in freak accident

“Hoeliha, die kinders is f***** stout,” a woman was heard saying as she passed the scene.

Blue Downs Cluster Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson, Reginald Maart, says while they are happy the boy was not killed, it should be a lesson to all the children to stop jumping on trucks.

“There are so many children in Delft who are doing this and it is very dangerous because the drivers can’t see them. Last year a boy in Eindhoven was killed doing the same thing. This is a worrying trend but parents must speak to their children and warn them about jumping on the back of trucks,” he says.

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