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A regular visitor to the Arrive Alive website emailed photos of a very lucky escape for a motorist who collided with a kudu in the Southern Cape! Here is the story:

So we drove back from Knysna to Cape Town via Oudtshoorn, and about 40km from Oudtshoorn we came across a miracle, right after it happened. The man you see above was really able to ‘Dodge the bullet’.

The driver was proceeding from George towards Oudtshoorn and a KUDU suddenly sprang from the bush (afterwards we were able to find its tracks and the actual launch spot) and jumped right before the car. It was killed on impact.
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Not only did it hit his car, it smashed the windscreen, tore a section of the roof away and flew right through the car, blowing open the rear hatch.
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The driver ducked instinctively as it happened and was able to avoid most of the carnage. He also held tightly onto the steering wheel, suffering only slight injury to his one hand and a whack to the face from the airbag. When he lifted his head he was on the gravel on the ‘wrong side of the road’ where he was able to stop the car without losing control.

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The KUDU went right through the windscreen, leaving an awful mess on the way. The impact blew the hatchback as the KUDU left through the back of the car…

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Fortunately there were no other passengers or they would be covered…

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The KUDU left some of his lunch in the boot.

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Way out…

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A very lucky man!

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[Photos by Dave D’Aguiar]

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