Terrifying moment '93yo driver makes u-turn' on motorway before smashing into car

Isabella Robinson

Sophie Kinnane thought her life was over when another car turned in front of her on a high-speed motorway on Sunday morning.

"The first thing that came to mind was that I was going to die," Ms Kinnane told Yahoo7.

The 24-year-old believes an elderly man had been attempting to make a u-turn on a 100 km/h stretch of the M1 at Berkeley, south of Wollongong, NSW when he collided with her car.

The frightening accident was captured on dashcam. Source: Facebook

"Yeah he is 93 and he was going the wrong way so he decided to turn around not knowing it was a one way road" she replied to a person on her Facebook page.

Ms Kinnane said she is very lucky to walk away relatively unscathed, acknowledging the outcome could have been much worse.

"I saw him sitting there, and then the next thing I knew he was in front of me," she said.

"It was very quick."

Damage to Ms Kinnane's car following the accident. Source: Facebook/ Sophie Kinnane
The red car following the crash. Source: Supplied/ Sophie Kinnane

The frightening crash, which happened at about 10.45 on Sunday morning, was captured on Ms Kinnane's dashcam.

It shows a red car in the shoulder of the motorway before its driver veers sharply to the right, travelling across the road and slamming into Ms Kinnane's car.

The 24-year-old had been on her way to lunch with her cousin when the accident occurred. Source: Supplied

Another car, which had been travelling in front of the 24-year-old, can be seen in the video swerving out of its way.

"Considering I was going a hundred kays it ended extremely well," she told Yahoo7.

Ms Kinnane said she suffered whiplash and was in shock following the accident.

The red car was in the shoulder of the roadway before it veers into the other lanes. Source: Facebook

The elderly driver is believed to have suffered only a minor facial injury.

"I'm glad that we're both ok," she said.

Lake Illawarra Police District’s Insp Paul Allman told Yahoo 7 the accident was still being investigated.

The Inspector is also reminding drivers to slow down, obey speed limits and drive to the conditions.

"Lake Illawarra police are asking motorists to take it easy in the wet weather," he told the Illawarra Mercury.

"We’ve seen a number of incidents on the M1 motorway, both northbound and southbound."

Ms Kinnane has been driven to work since the crash, but despite the distressing nature of the accident she said it will not stop her from getting behind the wheel again.