Terrifying moment Slovakian-registered HGV driving on the WRONG side of the road at 55mph narrowly misses a head-on collision
- The HGV driver was doing 55 miles per hour on the wrong side of the road
- Dashcam footage shows the Slovakian-registered HGV miss a car by inches
- The frightening near collision happened on the B3227 near Atherington in Devon
- Carl Rowberry, 33, said his footage did not ‘do justice’ to how close it had been
This is the moment a HGV driving on the wrong side of the road narrowly avoids a head-on collision with an oncoming car.
The hair-raising incident happened last month on the B3227 near Atherington in North Devon on June 17 at 10.11am.
Carl Rowberry, 33, was behind the wheel of the dash cam car, and the clip begins as he approaches a bend on the country road.
Moments before the left-hand bend a HGV comes into view on the wrong side of the road and swerves at the last moment avoiding the stationary car by inches.
The rear-view camera shows the wheels of the HGV still on the wrong side of the road after passing the car indicating how close a collision was.
A HGV narrowly avoided a head-on collision travelling 55 miles per hour on the wrong side of road on the B3227 near Atherington in North Devon
Registered in Slovakia, the vehicle is operated by ADMK and on their website they say that they are ‘focused on transport from the EU to the UK’ and have been ‘engaged in transport since 1992’.
Carl later shared the clip online, and it has since been viewed 25,000 times and attracted hundreds of comments, likes and shares.
One user commented: ‘Confused European driver on a quiet road. See quite a few Brits and Irish do exactly the same on quiet European roads whenever we’re over there.’
Another said: ‘Could have been a fatality with a couple of seconds difference on that bend – very lucky escape.’
A third wrote: ‘Came into this expecting to find a big lorry slightly over the white line because it’s a narrow road, was not expecting it to just be casually driving at you like that.’
A fourth added: ‘Hope you wore your brown pants today!’
Carl, a factory worker from Umberleigh, said: ‘I was driving around a corner coming up a hill and then noticed on the next corner there was a lorry coming at me at approximately 55 miles an hour on my side of the road.
‘I couldn’t see any reason for him to be on my side of the road and he did not notice me for about 2 to 3 seconds as you can see he suddenly turned to his left.
After the near miss, the Slovakian-registered vehicle rumbled off down the B3227, now on the correct side of the road
One social media user defended the driver, saying they had seen ‘quite a few Brits and Irish do exactly the same on quiet European roads whenever we’re over there’
‘The video does not do it justice for how close he was, it was inches away from hitting me as you can see on video he was still over the white line after getting to the back of my car.’
ADMK declined to comment on the footage.
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