Excuse held no water

Pretoria - A Pretoria man claimed he was rushing to help a friend with a burst water pipe when he was caught travelling at 211km/h on his superbike yesterday.

Gauteng traffic police’s high speed unit caught the man speeding along the N4 towards Pretoria and arrested him near the Simon Vermooten offramp on a white Yamaha superbike.

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“The man claimed that he was on his way to a friend’s house to assist after a water pipe burst, and from there to go to church,” said traffic police spokeswoman Busaphi Nxumalo.

In Joburg yesterday, a motorcyclist died in a single-vehicle accident on the N12 near the Xavier Street off-ramp.

A driver drowned in Durban when he apparently lost control of a container truck and plunged into the harbour, smashing into the side of a ship before sinking.

In Ekurhuleni, 14 deaths in three serious accidents were reported at the weekend.

In other Gauteng smashes, a teenage girl was killed and 20 people were hurt when their minibus overturned at a bridge over the N1 in Pretoria.

Also near Pretoria, a man died and another was seriously injured when their vehicle hit a barrier on the R21. - – Staff reporter and Sapa