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Thrown rock smashes into car on freeway

Cape Town - “Thank God I was alone!”

This was the reflection on Sunday of motorist John Bennett, of Rome Glen in Somerset West, after a rock was hurled at his car on the N2.

John Bennett, of Somerset West, survived a rock attack on the N2. Photo: Murray Williams. Credit: INLSA

“I was driving at around 10.25am into town just before the R300 off-ramp when I saw a movement out of the corner of my eye,” he said on Sunday.

“I thought ‘that’s not right’ – and there was this explosion behind me.”'

Bennett’s rear left passenger window had been smashed. He continued driving, and when he eventually stopped found a tennis ball-sized rock beneath his driver’s seat.

The person who threw the rock was “a young man, in his twenties or thirties, in a red tracksuit”, he said.

But the damage could have been worse.

“I later saw the rock had hit the headrest. If one of my family or another passenger had been sitting there, it would have hit them in the face or forehead. The rock would have hit at the 120km/h I was travelling at… Thank God I was alone.”

Bennett said he immediately alerted Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Twitter and laid a criminal charge at the Somerset West police station.

He said he hoped more patrols would be ordered on the N2.

Fellow motorists on a local Fcaebook community page expressed dismay. Henriette Coetzee, who wrote: “So upsetting as I work in Cape Town and live in Gordon’s Bay. Do the N2 every day… ”

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