Man dies trying to retrieve Lotto ticket in JHB

It's understood the man ran across traffic and was hit by a car, which resulted in a multi-vehicle accident.

Two motorcyclists were injured in the pile-up.  Picture: EMER_G_MED.

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency officials say a man has been killed on the N1 highway in Johannesburg after trying to retrieve a Lotto ticket that had flown out of an open window of the car in which he was travelling.

The accident happened on the N1 North before the Rivonia Road exit earlier today and has caused serious traffic congestion in the area.

Pedestrian killed while crossing highway to retrieve lost Lotto ticket causing collision with 5 cars & 2 motorbikes. https://t.co/zGcl7tqdXi pic.twitter.com/zk6pxjnZfm



It's believed the driver parked the car on the side of the highway after losing the ticket, so that the man could try to retrieve it.

He ran across traffic and was hit by a car which resulted in a multi-vehicle accident.

The Johannesburg metro police's Wayne Minnaar said, "When the man, who was a passenger in the vehicle, ran out onto the freeway to pick up the Lotto ticket - he was unfortunately bumped by a blue Jeep. Then two motorcycles collided with stationary cars which had stopped at the accident scene. Themotorcycle drivers were not seriously injured."

The man was declared dead on the scene; his wife and child, who were also passengers in the car at the time, were not hurt.

Two motorbike drivers were injured in the pile-up and are being treated in hospital.