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Motorists warned after N1 cattle carnage

A truck transporting cows overturned and injured animals were slaughtered on the highway.

FILE: On Tuesday, a truck carrying 100 animals overturned near the toll plaza while travelling from Bloemfontein to Bapsfontein. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Motorists transporting live animals have been warned to avoid using the N1 highway near the Grasmere Toll Plaza after the recent slaughter of cattle there.

On Tuesday, a truck carrying 100 animals overturned near the toll plaza while travelling from Bloemfontein to Bapsfontein.

The driver claims objects were thrown at his vehicle by people standing on a bridge, causing the accident.

Officials arriving on the crash scene say they found people carrying knives and buckets, slaughtering the injured cattle.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA)'s CEO Marcelle Meredith says a similar incident was reported in Midrand recently where live pigs were stolen off a truck.

"It's very dangerous. There are actually signs that warn you that this particular part of the highway is dangerous and we can only say to the meat industry from an animal perspective, don't drive along those roads. Take an alternative route."