Kruger speedster kills 7 impala

The Kruger National Park said it is battling to stop motorists from speeding in and around the reserve.

Speeding roadsters are endangering lives at the Kruger National Park. Picture: Jenni Trethowan/Baboon Matters

JOHANNESBURG - The Kruger National Park said it is battling to stop motorists from speeding in and around the reserve.

On Wednesday, a truck driver was fined R2,500 and could possibly be banned from the park after seven impala were killed.

The truck he was driving ploughed into the herd.

The impala were standing at the junction of the Paul Kruger and Skukuza staff roads at the time of the accident.

Witnesses said the man, who works for a contractor, overtook a vehicle near Skukuza at high speed.

Head of communications at the park William Mabasa said speed limit signs posted in the park are "not a joke".

He said speeding often leads to the death of people and animals.

Although they don't happen frequently, accidents in and around the park are not usually reported, because motorists flee scene.

The truck driver stopped after the accident.

He was charged with failure to comply with the National Environmental Management Act.