Hydroplaning driver has lucky escape after wrapping Toyota MR2 around lamppost

Hydroplaning driver has lucky escape after wrapping Toyota MR2 around lamppost

Hydroplaning is always a terrifying experience.

For those who don’t know, hydroplaning is when a car hits a puddle of standing water and a layer of liquid builds up between the tyre and the road. This causes a loss of traction, preventing the car from responding to driver input.

Unfortunately, one driver learnt about this the hard way on Sunday when he lost control of his Toyota MR2 on a wet dual carriageway near Alvaston, Derbyshire, and ended up wrapping it around a lamppost.

Thankfully, the motorist wasn’t seriously hurt, just receiving a few cuts and bruises, as well as some pain in his ribs and back.

Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit tweeted about the crash, which took place between junctions two and three of the A50, saying:

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Constabulary said: ‘We got a call at around 5pm to alert us to a collision involving a Toyota MR2. When police arrived, the driver was stood out of the vehicle complaining of minor injuries, mainly pain to his back and ribs, and he had got some cuts and bruises.’

Derbyshire RPU’s tweet prompted a lot of replies, best summed up by Twitter user Steven Crampton’s response:

Maybe the incident could have been avoided if the motorist had bought a Toyboata Hilux instead of the MR2…

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