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Man left fighting for his life after crashing into giraffe on safari tour

A tourist in South Africa has been rushed to hospital after a minibus crashed a giraffe into his vehicle.

The elderly Swiss man is currently on life support after an 18-foot tall giraffe, weighing 750kg crushed the roof and front of his Ford Ranger camper at a wildlife park in South Africa.

The giraffe had crashed into the camper after being knocked over by a minibus taxi.

A man has been seriously injured and a giraffe killed after the car crash at a wildlife park in South Africa. Pic: Twitter/SANParksKNP

‘There was a devastating accident involving a minibus taxi that was transferring tourists to a game lodge when it hit a fully grown giraffe,’ said Police spokesman Ike Phaala.

The giraffe was killed on impact and South African Police are now investigating if the taxi carrying 13 tourists was breaking the speed limit.

‘The giraffe was by the force of the impact knocked across the road onto the roof of a tourist vehicle coming the other way which was being driven by a married Swiss couple,’ the spokesman continued.

A taxi carrying 13 passengers crashed into a giraffe which then knocked into a vehicle driving the other direction. Pic: Twitter/SANParksKNP

‘We are aware of the length of skid marks left by the minibus taxi but it is not our job to speculate on the speed the taxi was driving at but to leave that to the police investigation.

‘We remind all visitors that this is a wildlife park and animals have right of way and to drive to the speed limits and be fully aware at all times that animals that can appear unexpectedly.

‘Both vehicles were severely damaged which is what happens when a vehicle and a large animal come into contact.’

A man has been seriously injured and a giraffe killed after a car crash. Pic: Twitter/SANParksKNP

the taxi could not avoid hitting it and the animal fell on top of a rental safari vehicle. The driver, a Swiss national was seriously injured and the passenger suffered minor injuries. Medical personnel stabilized him at the scene before airlifting him to hospital. /…

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Two passengers in the taxi also sustained minor injuries.

The Swiss man has been taken to Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

Giraffes can grow up to 20 feet tall and weigh up to 800kg, they are the largest animal on land. Pic: Getty Images

Giraffes are the largest animal on land and can grow up to 20 feet tall and weigh up to 800kg.