Two girls on an electric scooter have escaped with their lives after running a red light and smashing into a car in South East Queensland.
A driver’s dashcam picked up the terrifying collision that occurred in Logan on Saturday morning.
In the clip the two girls can be seen riding the e-scooter, from a local hire company, straight through the intersection of Ewing Road and Wembley Road at 8.42am despite the red traffic light.
After failing to stop, they are both looking towards the right when a silver car enters the intersection, driving towards them. At the last moment the girls – not wearing helmets – clip the back of the vehicle and are sent flying onto the middle of the road and sliding along the bitumen.
After picking themselves up, the pair manage to walk across the remainder of the intersection to the other side of the road, leaving the e-scooter behind.
Meanwhile one of the two males who were standing on a medium strip near the girls and witnessed the incident retrieves the e-scooter from the path of an incoming vehicle before leaving it on the medium strip.
Driver says he desperately tried to avoid hitting the girls
Speaking to Yahoo News Australia on Monday morning, the driver of the silver car said he spotted the girls on the e-scooter as he crossed through the intersection on a green light.
“I tried to veer right as best I could under the assumption they would brake but there was not much room to go anywhere at that intersection safely,” André said. “Next thing I know I heard a large thud.
After pulling over a little way down the road, he ran back to the girls, who he said were about 14 or 15, to make sure they were okay.
“There were a few scratches and there was the sight of blood which made one of the girls so queasy,” he said. He then asked if they had a phone number or any identification he could take down.
“The girls stated they were going to Macca's and didn’t have anything but after a brief pause they put their number into my notes app,” André said. “I’ve reached out to them but have heard no response.”
With his car sustaining dents and scratches to the near panel in the incident, André said he’s also filed a police report and contacted the scooter hire company.
‘Could have turned out far worse’
The owner of the dashcam footage shared it to Facebook with a message for the girls’ parents.
“Please talk to your kids about the road rules,” Adrian said. “A couple of seconds later and this could have turned out far worse.”
Users were horrified over the “very close call” saying the girls “nearly died”.
“No helmet and no common sense,” one person wrote. “[They’re] old enough to know better,” another said.
While others had sympathy for the driver of the vehicle the girls hit.
“[I] feel very sorry for the poor car driver, [I] bet it gave them a terrible fright,” one person said. “Stupid kids, if they had been killed doing that the driver would have to live with that for the rest of their lives,” added another.
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