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 Post subject: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 8:40 pm 
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Any one know what happened on the Letaba low level bridge this weekend ?
Read about a bakkie that drove off the bridge at night, on another forum.

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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 5:37 am 
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It was a vehicle from Mopani. Taking a staff member to clinic/hospital. All passengers OK. The vehicle is probably a write-off. Investigations are on-going.

I was told about it by a Vuswa manager when I saw him on Saturday morning.

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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:06 pm 
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Just back from Kruger, so only saw this topic today.
We saw the vehicle in question while on a sunset drive from Shimuwini on Saturday, May 24. We were told that the incident happened the previous day (evening).
I must say that I am very surprised to hear (now) that the people inside the vehicle were OK. From what we could see of the wreck down in the river it is a miracle that the driver was unscathed. As a matter of fact, we were told the exact opposite by our guide at the time....
When we passed over the bridge the next day on our way south, it was clear from the impact markings on the bridge that the vehicle was coming from the Phalaborwa side when the accident happened.

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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:09 pm 
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Some of the current topics on this Sanparks forum include Elephant Calves seen who are caught up in poacher traps, a Hippo that was killed by an army truck, a Sanparks employee shooting with a gun to get an elephant from the road, Police Officers caught for assisting Rhino poachers ……….

Now I am reading that a Kruger staff member has driven over the bridge in Kruger with an official vehicle.

Is there something wrong in the Kruger National Park?

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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:30 pm 
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Grantmissy wrote:
Is there something wrong in the Kruger National Park?


It sure looks that way from my point of view!


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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:57 pm 
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I was in KNP between 14 - 25.5. The amount of speeding from non-tourist vehicles I came across was worrying (and this in the north !). On 23.5 I drove from Pafuri back to Shingwedzi late afternoon, I was possibly about 15 km from Shing and it was after 4pm (I speak / write under correction). I was worried that I was going to be late myself but did end up at Shing around 5 pm (gates close at 17h30).

I came across 4 big (30 seater?) busses, I think empty, that raced from Shingwedzi side towards the north. They could not have reached Punda gate or the border crossing in time, unless driving well beyond 50 kmh. I think the colour of the busses was whit-ish. I was pondering why they drove through empty in the first place, why so late and where they could possibly be heading to as it was surely not Sanparks related and definitely well beyond any allowed speed limits.

I was considering reporting it at Shingwedzi but then never did.

At the time I was almost glad these busses came as I was held up by a big elephant who was walking up the main road and not letting me through. I thought, eish, now I am going to be late and he pushed me back a few hundred metres. He then suddenly decided it was enough and went off the road. Then the busses came. So I assume he heard the busses well before I even saw them and I assume that's why he went off the road.

Thought I just mention this :?


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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:53 pm 
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Dear Forum Members

On the 23 May 2014, a staff member was taken to the doctor by another staff member. The duty manager on duty authorized the trip. When the staff members called the camp to inform them that they were still at the Maphuta Hospital, a late permit was arranged and authorized by the Section Ranger.

The accident happened at Letaba Bridge at about 19h00. The cause of the accident was a hippo which they swerved to avoid colliding with and then missed the bridge.

There is no cellphone reception at the bridge and they could not notify or contact anyone.

VUSWA fleet services did not have the equipment to remove the vehicle from where it was stranded therefore a company from Nelspruit came to remove the vehicle the following day.

An investigation is currently underway and should it be found the driver was negligent the necessary disciplinary process will be followed.

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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:48 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
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:shock: :shock: forestgump :big_eyes: Thanks for posting the pics :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
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Further info posted by Gabrielle on Facebook:

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Dear all, after the investigation it was found that the driver was driving 50km/hour. All VUSWA fleet vehicles are equipped with a tracker/monitor to check speed. Max allowed for staff is 65 km/hour and the car in question was traveling at 50 km/hour. Hope this clarifies the matter and ends the hearsay and speculation. Manager: Media and Stakeholder Relations.

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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:46 am 
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What I find extremely sad is that a lot of people on the forum as well as the social media like facebook, etc, always assume when there was an accident by a SANParks staff member, that the driver of the vehicle was in the wrong, before knowing the facts. Not all SANParks staff is bad and speeding. An accident can happen so quickly, whether you are driving at 20km/h or 50km/h or even 100km/h. It can happen anywhere, anytime... and to drive at night, you cannot see a hippo, buffalo or elephant, unless you are almost on it.


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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
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It might be a good idea for us to bookmark this topic for the next time folk jump to conclusions and form opinions without knowing the facts first.

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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:56 am 
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PetraJ an Dinkybird. You are both so right. Better to hear the facts and comment than to speculate and make comments. I just hope those park officials are OK, looks like a bad one. :big_eyes:


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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
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Sadly, we sometimes allow society and social media commentary to cloud our vision so much, that we sometimes forget to see.


Well said 404-504!!!!!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Sanparks vehicle drives off bridge
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:37 pm 
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Imagine he did not swerve and there was no hippo. :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: Would have driven straight into the river if there was no hippo on the road instead of on the bridge.

How lucky can you be to get onto the bridge after swerving, but so unlucky loosing control after travelling at low speed. :slap:

Hippo's do not come with reflective chevron tape wrap around them, so why travel at 50km/h at night instead of a safe speed of under 40 km/h.

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