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Taxi flipped on to roof in three-vehicle crash
The collision involving a taxi at Swindon train station on Saturday night. Adver readers who were passing by took pictures of the scene
SPEEDING was not a factor in a three-vehicle collision which saw a mini-cab flip on to its roof on Saturday night, the cab firm have claimed.
Cross Street Radio Cars had two vehicles involved in the incident, in which a Ford Mondeo collided with a Vauxhall Vectra and then hit a people carrier before flipping on to its roof.
Emergency services were called to Station Road at 9.30pm, with the driver of the overturned Mondeo, employed by Cross Street, taken to hospital with minor injuries. There were no passengers involved.
Contrary to earlier reports, the man did not need to be cut from the car by Wiltshire Fire & Rescue, who only attended the scene to make the car safe.
A spokesman for Cross Street Radio Cars said: “Reports of speeding are wide of the mark. It looks, unfortunately, like it was an accident.
“We have ascertained there was no speed involved. We have a system which tracks our drivers and runs off a GPS.
“It gives a figure accurate to within half-a-mile an hour. The speed limit in this street was 30 miles per hour and our machinery shows the car was on 30 miles per hour.
“The worst case scenario is he was driving at 30.5 miles per hour.
“We have had many people calling us saying they saw one of our cars speeding on Saturday night, but they weren’t even there.
“The driver hasn’t said anything about the incident yet and won’t until he has spoken with police.”
The two Cross Street cars involved in the incident have not yet been written off, while the firm waits for their insurance provider to assess the damage.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “The crash was reported to us at 9.25pm on Saturday, involving three vehicles – a Ford Mondeo, a Vauxhall Vectra and a people carrier.
“It appears the Mondeo collided with the Vectra and then went into the people carrier before flipping on to its roof.
“The driver was reported for careless driving. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Great Western Hospital as a precaution.
“Swindon Council were called to the scene to clear glass and vehicle debris.
“Even though we have spoken to witnesses, we would ask anyone else who may have information, to contact us immediately.”
Amid reports of careless driving given to the police, Cross Street reiterated its stance that it has been proved speed was not an issue and proof is available to the police if required.
Information to police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.