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Zimbabwean driver jumps out of moving van after snakes dives onto dashboard

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Mutare – You’re driving along and a snake suddenly jumps through your window and lands on your dashboard. What do you do?

That was the dilemma facing a Zimbabwean driver in the eastern city of Mutare last week and he did not think twice: he jumped out of his moving vehicle, according to the Manica Post newspaper.

Julius Hozheri’s driverless delivery van rammed into a shopping centre in central Mutare, the paper says in its latest edition.

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Fortunately no-one was hurt but part of a financial institution was damaged.

Hozheri himself escaped unscathed – most likely because his van was slowing down to reach a junction.

The Manica Post said he had trouble convincing passersby that a snake had “jumped” into his car – until they saw it with their own eyes in the (now battered) delivery van.

Dangerous snakes

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Police and bystanders confirmed the incident.

Hozheri told the paper the snake was getting ready to strike him, adding: “Some said I was hallucinating while others said I was trying to cover up negligent driving by attributing the accident to wild assertions.”

“People started to believe me when they found the snake in the damaged car.”

“What I knew was that I was alive and had escaped from the jaws of death.”

The paper said the snake might be an Eastern brown snake but that seems unlikely since Zimbabwe is not a known habitat of this snake. There are a number of highly dangerous snakes found in this part of Zimbabwe, including black mambas, spitting cobras and gaboon vipers. There are also a number of harmless snakes in the area.

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Last year a black mamba interfered with Mutare’s water supply by chasing away electricians and technicians trying to work on a water tank there, the Manica Post reported.

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