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Driver ploughs through wall after swerving for dustbin

On Tuesday morning a driver ploughed through the wall of a house in Carletonville when he lost control of his vehicle after swerving for a municipal dustbin left in the road.

On Tuesday morning a driver ploughed through the wall of a house in Carletonville when he lost control of his vehicle after swerving for a municipal
dustbin left in the road. According to bystanders, a man driving an SUV in Bluebell Street was turning into Freesia Street when he suddenly saw a municipal rubbish bin in the road. He swerved to miss the bin but lost control of his vehicle. The SUV only stopped after ploughing through the fence of a nearby house. People at the scene showed the Herald how the driver had closely missed hitting a large tree on the sidewalk. “If he had hit the tree, the driver and his passenger might have been dead or seriously injured,” one of the bystanders remarked. A woman at the scene, who did not want to be named, showed the Herald how the vehicle bumper had just touched the side of a wendy-house in the yard. The premises into which the vehicle burst is used for home schooling and children apparently played at the spot where the vehicle came to a standstill only minutes before the accident.
“I am terrified by what could have happened if the children were still outside,” the shocked woman told the Herald. According to the bystanders, they
believe that the accident would not have occurred if the rubbish bin had not been left in the middle of the road. Apparently municipal workers often
take dustbins from the sidewalks where they are put out by residents and put them in the road to be emptied into the municipal dumping truck easily. Afterwards the bins are not put back on the sidewalks where they were found, but left on the side of the road. Residents of other areas such as Carletonville Extension 9 have complained about the same problem in the past. When the Herald did a quick survey along the streets near where the accident happened, rubbish bins that were left in the road were also found in amongst others Erica Street, Lantana Crescent and Cosmos Street. “The accident raises questions about the driving ability and –behaviour of the driver. If the driver came around the same corner and a group of school children were in the street the chances are that we would now have dealt with a fatal accident. In this case the fact that the driver alleges to have swerved for an empty rubbish bin, narrowly missed a tree and burst through a garden wall at speed will be further investigated by the driver’s insurance. The matter of where the refuse collection personnel leave the refuse bins will be taken up with the refuse section,” a municipal spokesperson replied to questions about the matter later the same day.

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