Family narrowly escaped death on the N2 highway

By Ayanda Mdluli

A Durban family narrowly escaped death on the N2 highway on Saturday night when a rock smashed through their windscreen and landed inside the car.

Chris Smith, 42, of Queensburgh, said they were on their way home after watching the Super 14 final at a friend's home in Warner Beach, near Amanzimtoti. He was accompanied by his daughter, Truleigh-Ann Smith, 17, and her boyfriend, Sheldon van der Schyff, 20.

Smith said they left Warner Beach at about 9.45pm and were at the Kingsway Hospital bridge at 10pm when the incident occurred.

"When we approached the bridge, I saw a big square block lying in the road. I swerved to go over the block and that's when the rock hit the windscreen," he said.

he windscreen cracked and the rock landed on the back seat, where Truleigh-Ann had been sitting just before.

However, Smith was able to continue driving to the Malvern police station, where he reported the incident.

He said he was shocked to learn that there had been similar cases in the past where rocks were thrown from bridges on to cars by hijackers in an attempt to force their victims off the road and bring the car to a halt.

"I don't think that much can be done about it, because the people who do this are long gone by the time police get to the scene," he said.

Smith said that people who had similar experiences should not stop. He called for more police patrols on pedestrian bridges and for fences to be put up on the city's bridges.

"It's expensive, but it can save lives. You can't put a price on human life. People must be vigilant when driving under bridges at night," he said.

Police Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the incident would be investigated.
This article was originally published on page 2 of The Mercury on May 31, 2010

Report ID: 362
Crime Category: Other
Province: KwaZulu/Natal
City/Town: Warner Beach
Suburb: Warner Beach
Address: Kingsway Hospital bridge
Crime Date/Time: 29 May 2010, 00:05 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 31 May 2010, 14:05 PM
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