Multi-car crash between tailgating drivers on a packed highway divides viewers – so who do you think was in the wrong?
- Footage from Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page has divided opinion
- Incident was recently in Hexham on the NSW Pacific Highway, north of Sydney
- Clip shows seemingly distracted driver smash into a stationary vehicle at speed
Dashcam footage of a crash on a gridlocked highway has divided viewers over who was at fault.
The clip, uploaded to the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page, shows a car smash into another vehicle on the Pacific Highway in Hexham, Newcastle, NSW.
The footage, from May 11, shows one car appear to be tailgating and distracted by a series of parked cars on the side of the road seconds before the incident.
Seconds later a stationary vehicle is hit from behind, with the dash cam owner driver – in another vehicle – forced to take evasive action to avoid a second accident.
After being seemingly distracted by a series of parked cars – and passengers – the car (pictured left) then smashed into a stationary vehicle
Exactly who was in the wrong resulted in a variety of different answers on social media – with many also impressed by the cat-like reflex skills of the dash cam driver.
‘How’s that dash cam driver missing two accidents in one go,’ one punter commented.
‘That was great driving mate.’
Another questioned why the car who collected the stationary vehicle was travelling at such an excessive speed in the lead up to the prang.
‘Doesn’t anyone use their brakes anymore? Might as well remove your brake pedal and put another steering wheel down there,’ he said.
A third felt the stretch of highway in Hexham has ‘been a cr** road for years. Always been very narrow and way too much traffic.’
Another spoke for many when he asked why both vehicles in the clip were accelerating in the left lane – while the adjacent right lane was free of traffic.
In January last year on the same notorious stretch of road in Hexham, a man, 66, and woman, 63, escaped with their lives following a ‘horrendous’ car and truck crash.
A team of paramedics treated the woman passenger at the scene for spinal, abdominal, pelvic and leg injuries, and the man for a fractured ankle and abdominal injuries.
The accident – on May 11 – was on a notorious stretch of the NSW Pacific Highway just before 9am, with traffic gridlocked as a result
Joel De’Zuna, a NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Inspector, at the time said it was ‘a horrendous accident for everyone involved’.
‘When responding to any motor vehicle accident, particularly when a car and a truck is involved, you are never really sure how extensive the injuries are going to be,’ he said.
‘Paramedics did a great job responding to the scene and treating the patients efficiently.
‘This is a timely reminder for all road users to be vigilant.’
After being hit, the driver (pictured left) of the second vehicle moved into the right lane, which luckily was vacant at the time of the prang