A giraffe was killed in a freak accident on a busy highway in South Africa Thursday. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in South Africa said it was investigating and criminal charges were possible. A South African animal rights group is outraged following the grisly death of a giraffe on the Johannesburg N1 motorway earlier this week. 1 giraffe hit it's head on the bridge. "Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are," tweeted Pabi Moloi. A giraffe being transported in an open-air truck bed on a highway in South Africa died Thursday after reportedly hitting its head on an overpass. By: Associated Press The incident occurred on the N1 motorway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, when the animal reportedly knocked its head on a low-lying bridge and later died of its injuries. The moments before the accident at around 2.30pm today were caught on camera by a horrified fellow driver who described hearing a loud crack. "Who thought this one through? Sure enough, a giraffe died after "one of them cracked (its) head" on a low highway bridge, a rep for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals tells NBC News. [PHOTO] The #SPCA says one of the #giraffe died due to head trauma. Several horrified witnesses tweeted pictures of the open-air truck carrying two giraffes with their necks jutting high out of the vehicle. "Their heads were above the vehicle which meant that one of them cracked their head on the bridge. A giraffe being transported in a trailer has died after hitting its head on a motorway bridge. According to reports, people saw one giraffe knock its head as a truck transporting two of the animals drove under a highway bridge. Pursuant to the incident, social media users would post (graphic) images of the giraffe just prior and after the collision. A giraffe in South Africa has died after cracking its head on a bridge as it was being transported in an open vehicle down a freeway. He said early indications showed the animal died instantly. Thinus Botha, who pulled over to the side of the road to take a picture of the giraffes just before the incident, said he he heard a loud bang and saw blood coming from the nose of the fatally injured giraffe, Mail Online reported. A second giraffe in the trailer was okay. "He didn't all of a sudden stand up straighter or stretch.". Carvalho was … The tragic accident happened on the N1 motorway that runs from Cape Town to Beit Bridge. Outrage is growing over the death of a blindfolded giraffe after its head hit a low bridge while it was being transported along a busy highway in South Africa. Two of the tall animals were inside an open-topped truck container traveling on Pretoria’s N1 highway. The giraffe had been standing when he took the picture, Botha said. Twitter lit up with posts from witnesses. That giraffe had been in a crate towed by a car driven by character Alan - played by Zach Galifianakis - who suffered from some sort of mental health issue. Owner of giraffe killed after hitting head on bridge in South Africa 'could face action' Pictures of two giraffes being transported caused widespread outrage A giraffe has reportedly died after hitting its head on a low-hanging highway bridge in South Africa. South African filmmaker Carlos Carvalho has been killed by a giraffe while filming at a game lodge near Johannesburg, according to reports. A poor giraffe was killed after striking its head on a freeway overpass while being transported in an open container down a South ... South Africa when one of the giraffes slammed into a bridge. 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A giraffe has died after smashing its head into a low bridge while it was being transported along a busy highway in South Africa. Their route was highlighted by on social media by other drivers. A giraffe reportedly died this week on a South African highway after hitting its head on a bridge. A giraffe has been killed after smashing its head on a bridge while being transported dangerously on a highway in South Africa, wildlife officials said Thursday. I wish I hadn't seen this." The animal is said to have been traveling at the back of an open-air truck at the time. Stupid has no limit... RT @BBCAfrica: South African #giraffe dies after 'hitting bridge' - http://t.co/O5d8nt5qzZ pic.twitter.com/8oMOdrTTuq, How was the giraffe supposed to know to duck its head?! A young giraffe has died after hitting its head on a bridge while being transported in South Africa, according to reports. The female white giraffe, who was killed in March by poachers, sparked huge interest in 2017 when she was first spotted in Kenya. The image above, taken by a Twitter user, shows two giraffes being transported in an open-air truck bed on Pretoria’s N1 highway just moments before the impact, which was seen by a number of people. Told one witness, Pabi Moloi via Mashable about the scene leading up to the accident: Giraffe Dies After Hitting Head On A Bridge In South Africa, Eyewitnesses Report On Twitter. The film was supposed to be funny, but many critics found little to laugh at and were particularly unimpressed by the giraffe scene. A giraffe was killed in South Africa after hitting its head on a highway bridge. Two giraffes were being transported by truck on a busy highway, when the truck drove under a bridge, one of the giraffes hit the overpass, suffered severe head trauma and died. Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are. The second giraffe was taken to a clinic. Rick Allan, of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, confirmed the pictures and the animal's death to NBC News: "The way that these giraffes were being transported was incorrect and not up to standards. A giraffe has died after smashing its head into a low bridge while it was being transported along a busy highway in South Africa. A giraffe being transported in South Africa died after hitting its head on an overpass. A giraffe was killed after it smashed its head on a low bridge while it was being transported on a highway in Pretoria, South Africa. Many people have pointed out the incident had echoes of a scene in The Hangover Part III, where a giraffe dies in a similar way. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) in South Africa is looking to sue the parties responsible for so carelessly transporting giraffes"”who, you know, have LONG NECKS"”under a low bridge. (Wingate Road Runners via Twitter) Who thought this one through? Two extremely rare white giraffes have been killed by poachers in north-eastern Kenya, conservationists say. (Thinus Both/Barcroft Media) A giraffe suffered severe head trauma and died in South Africa on Thursday, after its owner drove the towering creature underneath a bridge … A male giraffe has been killed after it hit its head on a bridge it was being driven under. @ewnreporter Truck with 2 giraffe just passed underneath Garsfontein rd on N1. A giraffe has come to be killed after its head came to collide with a low highway bridge. A giraffe being transported in an open-air truck bed on a highway in South Africa died Thursday after reportedly hitting its head on an overpass. He was dismissive of comments by the giraffes' owner, as quoted in South African newspaper the Citizen, that the truck had gone through lots of other bridges before the accident and the giraffe had craned its neck. I wish I hadn't seen this. The giraffe’s owner … Did anyone bother to find out. Outrage is growing over the death of a blindfolded giraffe after its head hit a low bridge while it was being transported along a busy highway in South Africa. — Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) July 31, 2014 A giraffe in South Africa died when his head smashed a highway overpass while being transported in a wide-open container. The incident brings to mind a scene from the movie The Hangover Part III, where a giraffe is decapitated by an overbridge while being driven along a US freeway. #giraffe You don't have to be a brain surgeon to know that a giraffe wouldn't fit under the bridge!! pic.twitter.com/Bb3Jac3ew3, Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are. The moments before the accident at … A giraffe has been killed after smashing its head on a bridge while being transported dangerously on a highway in South Africa, wildlife officials said Thursday. The unfortunate animal was one of two being transported in the back of a truck on a motorway near Johannesburg. 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