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article imageWatch 'Luckiest Driver in the World' pulled from mangled car

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 29, 2012 in World
Watch this astonishing video that shows a speeding driver escape death by a whisker after he attempts a reckless overtaking maneuver during which his car just manages to avoid head-on collision with a truck and runs instead into a coach.
The Daily Mail reports the accident happened on a highway in Kaluga Oblast, Russia.
The video was taken from the dash-cam of a coach. According to Jalopnik, every vehicle in Russia is fitted with a dash-cam.
The video, uploaded to YouTube by Fun Spider, on October 12, 2012, shows the ill-fated car, which the Herald Sun identifies as a Soviet-era Lada, join the highway from a side-road. The car suddenly overtakes the coach filming the scene from the right-side and attempts to cut in front of it to the left and race past a coach ahead.
The tail of the car collides with the truck
The tail of the car collides with the truck
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But the reckless driver loses control. The front-wheel of his car is lifted off the ground. It goes out of control and runs straight into the path of a truck approaching on the left-hand side. The driver just manages to avoid a head-on collision with the truck but sustains an impact in the tail that sends it spinning back to the right-side of the road and slamming into the coach. Both vehicles stop abruptly on impact, bringing traffic to an abrupt halt.
The car spins and is thrown back toward the coach
The car spins and is thrown back toward the coach
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The car is smashed to pieces in the course of the collisions and the driver is shown momentarily thrown out through the smashed windscreen.
As the traffic stops, a brave blonde woman appears in front of the camera to give the cowering driver a helping hand. The shocked man, apparently surprised to be alive, cowers under the collapsed car roof, holding on to the front of his head. But he appears unharmed. He scrambles out of the car through the windscreen space, over the car hood and runs to the side of the road.
The car is smashed to pieces
The car is smashed to pieces
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A blonde woman helps him out
A blonde woman helps him out
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The video caption informs us that the car had a passenger who was thrown to the backseat but also escaped unhurt.
The video has gone viral and has received more than 250,000 views
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