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Taxi smash could have been deadly
9:30am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
TAXI driver Will Russell has described the moment a minicab hit his vehicle and flipped onto its roof.
Will, 40, a self-employed driver from Lambourn, was standing next to his Peugeot Expert people carrier waiting to collect a passenger at the train station on Saturday when the incident happened.
Two taxis owned by Cross Street Radio Cars were involved in the crash on Station Road at around 9.30pm. One of the taxis, a Ford Mondeo, upturned onto its roof after driving into a Vauxhall Vectra taxi and Will’s people carrier.
“It was all a bit of a blur because I was standing next to my vehicle as it happened,” he said. “I was on the phone when the Mondeo came round the corner. The next thing I knew I heard a massive bang and my vehicle was thrown 10 feet down the road.
“The red Vectra had been parked just past the traffic lights. I spoke to the driver afterwards and he said it all happened in slow motion for him.
“When the Vectra driver saw me standing next to my car he thought I was a gonner. Luckily it did not hit me. Two minutes earlier I had been standing at the rear of the car and it could have been a very different story. I think there must have been a guardian angel looking after me.”
Reports that the Mondeo was speeding have not been proven, and Cross Street Radio Cars has stated unequivocally the Mondeo had not been travelling over the speed limit.
“There were between 50 and 100 people there at the time around the pubs, and it could have been a lot worse had he gone into some people at the station,” said Will, who is unable to continue his business because he says his car will be written off.
“My car is undriveable now and I am waiting for a replacement from my insurance company. The rear axle is snapped and part of the rear is caved in. I work for myself so I can’t carry on with my business.”
A spokesman for Cross Street Radio Cars said: “Reports of speeding are wide of the mark. 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 an hour.”
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Even though we have spoken to witnesses, we would ask anyone else who may have information to contact us immediately.”
Wiltshire Police can be contacted on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.