Driver tells of A27 wrong-way horror

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A DRIVER has spoken of the moment she feared she would die when a car came hurtling towards her the wrong way along the A27.

The 27-year-old had to veer out of the car’s path but a family further down were not so lucky and all five ended up in hospital when the stolen Volkswagen Passat hit their car at the Emsworth turn-off, on Saturday night.

The scene of the crash. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

The scene of the crash. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

The drama began when the Passat was stolen in Horsham, West Sussex, and was pursued by Sussex Police to Chichester.

The driving became so dangerous they had to give up the chase when it turned the wrong way down the eastbound carriageway of the A27, at around 8.30pm.

The female driver had a near miss at the Bognor roundabout.

She said: ‘I saw the car coming but couldn’t work out what side it was on.

‘I was doing about 50mph and the other car was doing at least 100mph.

‘My friend shouted “It’s on our side of the road” and luckily there was nothing in the left-hand lane or I wouldn’t have had anywhere to go. It was about a foot away from us. A stone flew up and hit the windscreen.

‘I have been crying my eyes out since.

‘I’m no expert but the speed they were going at, if they had hit us, we would have been extinct.

‘It doesn’t feel real, it’s so surreal. It was like a scene from the film The Fast and the Furious.’

The car eventually stopped when it crashed at Emsworth where police had put up a roadblock.

Five members of one family were taken to hospital with minor injuries after their Volkswagen Golf was hit.

They had to be cut out of the vehicle by firefighters.

Other vehicles were also damaged along the way.

The road was closed until the early hours of the following morning.

Police arrested the driver of the stolen vehicle and took him to hospital for treatment.

The other passengers in the vehicle ran off.

Joey Duffy, 26, from Gosport, filmed the car as it sped past.

He said: ‘I never thought I’d see anything like that in my lifetime.’

Superintendent Di Roskilly, from Sussex Police, said: ‘Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured in this incident, but many people witnessed this car driving extremely dangerously and at high speeds along a busy road and on occasions on the wrong side of the road.

‘We have arrested one man but suspects are still being sought. Anyone with information or anyone who witnessed about this incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1434 of 8/6.’

Video by Eddie Mitchell