A learner driver’s car was hit by a motorist who lost control – when his false LEG fell off and got wedged under the brake pedal.
Dashcam footage has captured the chilling moment when the oncoming Ford careered onto the wrong side of the road and smashed head-on into the Vauxhall Corsa.
Driving instructor Chris Sharp, who was sitting next to the rookie driver when the crash happened, said he never heard anything like it in his 12 years in the industry.
“There’s been so much in the press over the last few days about not being distracted from the road, and I was stunned when I found out that the driver was fixing his false leg,” the 57-year-old said.
“Obviously it’s an incredibly dangerous situation when somebody’s false leg comes off in transit, but the driver should have kept his eyes on the road and tried to stop in any way possible.
Chris was taking his student on his usual route along Chell Heath Road, in Stoke-on-Trent, when the bizarre crash happened at 9.30am on Monday last week.
“It was unbelievable,” he said. “I could see as the car was approaching that the driver was looking down at the floor, rather than at the road.
“Initially I just thought the other driver was straying across the centre line on the road and would correct it, but they didn’t stop.
“Anticipating what might happen, both myself and the learner braked and managed to stop the car.
“But there was nothing that we could do. His eyes were away from the road, he was going between 25mph and 30mph, and inevitably smashed into the front of us.”
The amputee driver was spoken to by police but not arrested.
Both Chris and the learner driver suffered whiplash, with the instructor also injuring his right hand from when he tried to grab the steering wheel as the airbag went off.
But Chris says he is thankful that no other parties were involved although he could be £3,000 out of pocket as a result of the crash – and his trainee driver has lost confidence.
“Being involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience for even the more seasoned driver, but for a learner it can be even worse,” he explained. “It has knocked his confidence.
“We’ll start things back up again nice and gently next week and rebuild his confidence step by step.
“But if there’s one positive to come out of this, it’s that hopefully the incident and the footage of it will make drivers more aware of the dangers that distractions pose on the road.”
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We attended a two-vehicle collision in Chell Heath Road. A paramedic attended the incident and all parties left the scene walking.”