WATCH: Driver chases after his runaway car

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A hapless driver was caught on dashcam running down a steep hill after his car - that rolled backwards through traffic and smashed into a tree.

The silver car ended up half way up a tree after miraculously avoiding two lanes of stop-start traffic as it rolled at speed down the steep road.

The car crashed into a tree

The car crashed into a tree

The driverless motor, which was being chased by a man and a woman, thought to be the driver and a passenger, clipped the sloping edge of a crash barrier which launched it high into the tree.

Driver Paul Morris-Hill captured the accident on his dashcam, on the steep Detling Hill near Canterbury, Kent, on Wednesday evening.