Man in shopping trolley speeds down highway clinging to back of fuel tanker in South Africa [VIDEO]
Crazy fuel! Breathtaking moment man in a shopping cart races down highway clinging to the back of a tanker truck in South Africa
- The shocking footage was taken on the N1 highway in Pretoria, South Africa
- People filmed the man holding the fuel tanker as it hurtled down the wet road
- The unknown man smiled and even waved at motorists as they drove by
- Police say they are investigating the incident, which took place on Sunday, April 3.
Police are investigating after a South African man was filmed hitchhiking on the back of a tanker truck while inside a shopping cart.
The breathtaking footage, taken on Sunday on the N1 highway in Pretoria, South Africa, shows the trolley traveling at high speed in rainy conditions.
Gauteng’s traffic police say they are investigating the incident and if the man is found, he could be sent to jail for up to a year.
The man was seen hanging from the fuel tanker as it drove down the N1 highway in Pretoria on Sunday, April 3.
Dramatic footage from several vehicles shows the man, who is wearing a yellow jacket and has blue plastic bags over his feet, hanging from the back of the tanker.
In one video, he looks to the right, where he smiles and waves at the person behind the camera.
Footage taken from a different angle shows him holding onto the lorry, which bears the Engen logo, with both hands as it stirs up splashing water from the wet road.
A passenger in the car says the man “has a death wish.”
The man smiled and waved at people taking pictures and videos of him on the wet road
It is unclear whether the man reached his intended destination unscathed.
Gauteng’s traffic police spokesman Sello Maremane denounced the man’s behavior, saying it was “irresponsible and illegal”. record reports.
He added that the man’s actions put himself and other people in danger and that it would “never be tolerated” by the police.
In a statement released on Twitter, Maremane said: “The Gauteng traffic police want to warn hitchhikers that such irresponsible behavior is punishable by law enforcement agencies.
“The law is very clear, in terms of Regulation 316(5) read with section 89(6) of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 provides that anyone who poses a source of danger to himself and thereby endangers other road users, a violation.
‘A person can be sentenced to one year of direct imprisonment without the possibility of a fine if convicted in a court of law.
‘Road users are encouraged to use public transport as an alternative means rather than endangering their lives and the lives of other road users.’
He added that citizens who see “unjustified behavior by hitchhikers” should contact the police.
The video was widely shared on Twitter, with a version shared by journalist Yusuf Abramjee over 188,000 views in two days.
Users on the social media platform saw the funny side, some even praising him for his reckless actions.
People on social media were shocked by the dramatic images when it was shared online
@Thabzo_ said: ‘I’m looking at this on the bright side. This guy shows that you can go anywhere in life and it doesn’t matter how you get there, what matters is that you get there by any means necessary. I am motivated by this champion.’
@Song04388003 added: ‘Indeed. Nothing is impossible, only if the truck does where it wanted to go, otherwise it will have a hard time getting back.”
@Charles86425587 wrote: ‘Maybe a supermarket was promoting their good quality carts – let’s think positive or we’ll die of a heart attack.’
@S11E11B11A added: ‘Gasoline is expensive. I get it.’
Not everyone agreed, though, as @YourboiPaska writes: ‘What scares me is the fact that he’s not only endangering his life, but also the lives of other people who drive responsibly. Can cause a serious crush with multiple vehicles.’