Cyclists in South Africa's biggest city usually worry about getting hit by vehicles. But one cyclist rode into an unexpected obstacle in Johannesburg's suburbs: a dead buffalo.

Andrew McLean said Friday that he suffered a damaged ligament on his collarbone and a broken hand after hitting the buffalo carcass while riding downhill at up to 60 kilometers (37 miles) an hour in Fourways, a suburban area in northern Johannesburg.

McLean says he didn't have time to brake before the pre-dawn accident on May 6. He was with two other cyclists, who also crashed but were not seriously injured.

Provincial officials are unsure how the buffalo ended up in the city suburbs.

On Twitter, McLean described the episode as his 'only in Africa' accident."