Lucky driver, 17, escapes unharmed after car flies through air and lands on roof

The black Ford Fiesta ended up on its roof in Moreland Avenue

The black Ford Fiesta ended up on its roof in Moreland Avenue

First published in News

A LUCKY young driver walked away with only minor injuries after his car struck a taxi and flew upside down through the air before ending up on its roof.

Neighbours in quiet Moreland Avenue in Benfleet were left amazed that no one was seriously hurt or killed in the crash that involved a black Ford Fiesta, a cab and parked car.

The car was heading down Moreland Avenue when it collided with a taxi at the Eversley Road junction.

Local resident and former Castle Point Labour councillor Joe Cooke, 67, said: “The taxi’s bumper was detached and about ten yards in front of it in Eversley Road.

“Word at the scene was that the taxi clipped the rear of the car that flashed in front of it. Passengers in the taxi were thrown forward, but it seems that it could have been so much worse for them.”

Mr Cooke’s daughter, Mel Belguith, also lives down the road in Moreland Avenue with her husband and two daughters and called him to tell him what had happened.

He added: “Everyone was talking about a car flying upside down through the air.

“There was a sense of awe, relief and amazement it had not been worse and no one was seriously hurt.”

The Fiesta eventually came to a stop near to Mrs Belguith’s home.

She added: “If you had seen the car you would have thought it was a fatality. How everyone walked out alive is miraculous.

“You don’t expect to have that kind of accident and necessarily come out of it with minor injuries, but thank goodness for that.”

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “A 17-year-old driver received minor injuries and will be reported for a motoring offence.”

It is not known what the offence is, but the force spokeswoman said the driver was insured and had a full driving license.

An East of England Ambulance spokesman added: “We were called at 1.02am on Sunday, a rapid responder and an ambulance attended and one casualty was transported to Southend Hospital with minor injuries.”

Two fire crews from Rayleigh Weir were also called to the scene.

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1:07pm Thu 21 Feb 13

crowny says...

Bl00dy cyclists
Bl00dy cyclists crowny
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1:31pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Eric the Red says...

Please, please, please Echo - when you report on motoring matters, learn how to spell LICENCE!
Please, please, please Echo - when you report on motoring matters, learn how to spell LICENCE! Eric the Red
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Audioman says...

That is the right to spell LICENSE.
And the driver if you can call him one
is far too YOUNG.
That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG. Audioman
  • Score: -1

1:57pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Whatthe* says...

Audioman wrote:
That is the right to spell LICENSE.
And the driver if you can call him one
is far too YOUNG.
A Licence for driving is spelt Licence and the legal age to drive is 17 if he has passed a driving Test he is allowed to drive on the roads. There are plenty of people who should not be driving on the roads. It is for the Police to decide who was in the wrong and take action against any wrong doing.
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG.[/p][/quote]A Licence for driving is spelt Licence and the legal age to drive is 17 if he has passed a driving Test he is allowed to drive on the roads. There are plenty of people who should not be driving on the roads. It is for the Police to decide who was in the wrong and take action against any wrong doing. Whatthe*
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2:54pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

Ban the idiot whose car flew and landed on it's roof, his insurance will now triple...probably on the phone - texting
Ban the idiot whose car flew and landed on it's roof, his insurance will now triple...probably on the phone - texting Carnabackable
  • Score: -3

4:38pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

did he manage to finish his text ?
did he manage to finish his text ? Cosmo Spring
  • Score: -3

9:41pm Thu 21 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

this was the one where a car got damaged by the 17 year olds...and they said he got off 'scott free'....but he has not as he has been reported for motoring offences.
this was the one where a car got damaged by the 17 year olds...and they said he got off 'scott free'....but he has not as he has been reported for motoring offences. DogsMessInLeigh
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7:29am Fri 22 Feb 13

Ian P says...

Audioman wrote:
That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG.
Actually License is the American spelling, while Licence is the correct English spelling of the word.
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG.[/p][/quote]Actually License is the American spelling, while Licence is the correct English spelling of the word. Ian P
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9:56am Fri 22 Feb 13

Whatthe* says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
this was the one where a car got damaged by the 17 year olds...and they said he got off 'scott free'....but he has not as he has been reported for motoring offences.
this is for the Police to decide after reviewing the Facts and not hear say.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: this was the one where a car got damaged by the 17 year olds...and they said he got off 'scott free'....but he has not as he has been reported for motoring offences.[/p][/quote]this is for the Police to decide after reviewing the Facts and not hear say. Whatthe*
  • Score: 1

11:17am Fri 22 Feb 13

Chris Flunk says...

Ian P wrote:
Audioman wrote:
That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG.
Actually License is the American spelling, while Licence is the correct English spelling of the word.
Actually in UK English, License is the correct spelling of the verb (to license) and Licence is the correct spelling for the noun.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG.[/p][/quote]Actually License is the American spelling, while Licence is the correct English spelling of the word.[/p][/quote]Actually in UK English, License is the correct spelling of the verb (to license) and Licence is the correct spelling for the noun. Chris Flunk
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12:33pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Eric the Red says...

Chris Flunk wrote:
Ian P wrote:
Audioman wrote:
That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG.
Actually License is the American spelling, while Licence is the correct English spelling of the word.
Actually in UK English, License is the correct spelling of the verb (to license) and Licence is the correct spelling for the noun.
...and is it asking too much to expect professional journalists to know this?
[quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG.[/p][/quote]Actually License is the American spelling, while Licence is the correct English spelling of the word.[/p][/quote]Actually in UK English, License is the correct spelling of the verb (to license) and Licence is the correct spelling for the noun.[/p][/quote]...and is it asking too much to expect professional journalists to know this? Eric the Red
  • Score: 0

12:47pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Noteworthy says...

Eric the Red wrote:
Chris Flunk wrote:
Ian P wrote:
Audioman wrote:
That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG.
Actually License is the American spelling, while Licence is the correct English spelling of the word.
Actually in UK English, License is the correct spelling of the verb (to license) and Licence is the correct spelling for the noun.
...and is it asking too much to expect professional journalists to know this?
No, it's too much to ask Echo journalists. Professional journalists know the difference
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: That is the right to spell LICENSE. And the driver if you can call him one is far too YOUNG.[/p][/quote]Actually License is the American spelling, while Licence is the correct English spelling of the word.[/p][/quote]Actually in UK English, License is the correct spelling of the verb (to license) and Licence is the correct spelling for the noun.[/p][/quote]...and is it asking too much to expect professional journalists to know this?[/p][/quote]No, it's too much to ask Echo journalists. Professional journalists know the difference Noteworthy
  • Score: 1

8:23pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Diannah says...

According to the heading, the car flies through the air and lands on roof! Is this car Chitty Bang Bang? Whose roof did it land on after flying through the air?
According to the heading, the car flies through the air and lands on roof! Is this car Chitty Bang Bang? Whose roof did it land on after flying through the air? Diannah
  • Score: 0

9:08am Sat 23 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

Diannah wrote:
According to the heading, the car flies through the air and lands on roof! Is this car Chitty Bang Bang? Whose roof did it land on after flying through the air?
IDIOT
[quote][p][bold]Diannah[/bold] wrote: According to the heading, the car flies through the air and lands on roof! Is this car Chitty Bang Bang? Whose roof did it land on after flying through the air?[/p][/quote]IDIOT Carnabackable
  • Score: 0

8:23pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Diannah says...

Carnabackable wrote:
Diannah wrote:
According to the heading, the car flies through the air and lands on roof! Is this car Chitty Bang Bang? Whose roof did it land on after flying through the air?
IDIOT
LOL
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Diannah[/bold] wrote: According to the heading, the car flies through the air and lands on roof! Is this car Chitty Bang Bang? Whose roof did it land on after flying through the air?[/p][/quote]IDIOT[/p][/quote]LOL Diannah
  • Score: 0

10:05am Mon 25 Feb 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

Raise the age limit for driving to 21.
Raise the age limit for driving to 21. Shoebury_Cyclist
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