Driver crashes his car into house because a chicken crossed the road

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A driver veered off the road and crashed his car into a house because he claimed a chicken ran in front of his vehicle.

The motorist, a 41-year-old man, initially told police he had been driving his Ford Focus when a child ran out in front of him, forcing him to swerve.

He later admitted it was not a child who ran in front of the vehicle, but in fact a chicken.

The man said he lost control of his car, and plunged off of the embankment, driving straight into the outside wall of the house in the South African town of Verulm, new Durban.

The Ford Focus was wrecked but no one who was in the house during the crash was injured, local media reports.

The driver and his 19-year-old passenger had moderate injuries treated on the scene before they were taken to hospital.

They have since been discharged from the medical centre.

According to a 2018 World Health Organization (WHO) report on road safety, the annual cost to the economy of road accidents on South African roads is estimated to be over £7.4 billion.

The report estimated that in 2016 there were 14,507 road fatalities, ranking it as a country with one of the highest road death rates.

In December, the country's road fatalities is usually higher than both the whole of Africa's averages and the world's averages for the same month.

In that month South Africa has a higher road death toll than most of the countries surveyed have annually.

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