By Steve Dellar   |  10-16-2018   News
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A common mistake for continental Europeans visiting Britain by car is that they start to drive on the wrong way on the island. The UK drives left, Europe drives right.

After entering via either the tunnel train in Calais or an overseas ferry, and in order to help, UK police lets you make a few roundabouts and puts big signs as to what is the correct way of driving before you hit the road in good ‘ol England.

However, for a couple of 80-year-old European pensioners who had taken their Subaru jeep and caravan for a trip round the island, that advice fell on deaf ears. They were filmed by many dashcams making their way on the M40 motorway, unfortunately driving in the wrong direction.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dash cam footage moments before it happened. Hope this is useful. <a href="https://t.co/oknQWBcZj4">pic.twitter.com/oknQWBcZj4</a></p>&mdash; Alex Varga (@AlexVarga_) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexVarga_/status/1051898094428844033?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In the end, their jeep smashed into another car, resulting in 3 fatalities.

Thames Valley Police said: "Shortly before 4pm yesterday reports were received that a Subaru Forester towing a caravan was travelling in the wrong direction on the northbound carriageway of the motorway. The vehicle was subsequently in collision with two other cars, a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Focus."

"The driver and a passenger of the Subaru, both aged in their eighties, and the driver of the Ford Mondeo, a man in his thirties, sadly died."

As many witnesses have since claimed, the Subaru involved in the crash in South Oxfordshire had foreign number plates and continued driving on the wrong way in a clear state of panic. The two elderly people in the Subaru Forester were killed on impact when it crashed into the two other vehicles on the M40. Another driver in his forties remains in critical condition in hospital.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">M40 few hours ago then had a head on crash could not believe my eyes this is why the m40 at Oxford is closed <a href="https://t.co/ZTMLsbp1r9">pic.twitter.com/ZTMLsbp1r9</a></p>&mdash; kelvin (@mrmad1234) <a href="https://twitter.com/mrmad1234/status/1051889617639755779?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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West Oxfordshire councillor Mr Colin Dingwall, who witnessed the crash, said: "I’ve seen a lot of things in my 50 years on the road, but never a caravan coming the wrong way up the M40. Luckily I and the cars near me managed to pull into the middle lane and get out of the way.

“He must have been going about 60mph. It was a car with foreign plates pulling a caravan. It didn’t look to be slowing down. I had about two seconds to react.”

Source:

https://twitter.com/AlexVarga_/status/1051898094428844033

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tab No. 39519 1539702806

the old guy going the wrong way just couldn't figure out why everyone else was going the wrong way so he just kept driving. wow…

Anonymous No. 39541 1539719171

actually all the other drivers were going the wrong way it turns out, fake news once again

Anonymous No. 39577 1539747546

Driving on the left hand side is a terrible idea. Japan adopted it because in the 11th century they felt travelers moving to the left would reduce confrontations among travelers during their feudal period.

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