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South Australia family’s near death experience as they avoid head-on collision with sleeping driver

Terrifying moment a family’s dream holiday almost comes to a disastrous end as they narrowly avoid a head-on collision with a sleeping driver

  • Horrifying moment family narrowly escaped a head-on collision with another car
  • Family’s holiday almost came to an end when driver fell asleep behind the wheel 
  • Dave Richman’s family were on the way to go skiing, and were towing a caravan 
  • A driver in the opposite direction fell asleep and drove onto wrong side of road

This is the terrifying moment a family’s dream holiday almost came to a crashing halt after a driver fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road.

Dave Richman and his family were on a road trip to go skiing and had driven almost ten hours from Adelaide to Bright, in Victoria’s north, towing a caravan.

Mr Richman, his wife and nine-year-old twins were travelling just outside the town on a two-lane highway when they came close to colliding with another car.

This is the terrifying moment a family’s dream holiday almost came to a crashing halt after a driver fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road

Dashcam footage shows a car travelling in the opposite direction to Mr Richman.

As the car turns around a bend it quickly loses control and slides in front of Mr Richman’s car and onto the opposite side of the road.

Luckily the road was near-empty and Mr Richman was able to steer the car out of harms way.

‘He could have taken the people behind us out as well,’ the father-of-two told 7News.

The family were shaken by the experience and decided to pull over to calm down and assess any damages.

The other car was found badly damaged after it was forced to a halt halfway up an embankment and needed to be towed.

Dave Richman and his family were on a road trip to go skiing and had driven almost ten hours from Adelaide to Bright, in Victoria’s north, towing a caravan

‘He came to a stop after jumping over an embankment and broke his sternum,’ Mr Richman wrote on Facebook. 

Mr Richman said the driver was older and had fallen asleep behind the wheel.

‘Go and have a nap for other people’s sakes,’ Mr Richman said.

‘You see black skid marks on the roads and you wonder how it happens – this is how it happens.’   

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