Delivery driver survives horror motor vehicle smash

David McNulty had a near miss after a car crashed into his broken down van (Chris Austin/ DC Thomson)
David McNulty had a near miss after a car crashed into his broken down van (Chris Austin/ DC Thomson)

A MAN has told how he cheated death after a car somersaulted inches past his head.

Beer delivery driver David McNulty was within a whisker of being killed after a car smashed into the back of his van.

It cartwheeled through the air in a scene “like something out of an action movie”, according to the 38-year-old.

David McNulty had a near miss after a car crashed into his broken down van (Chris Austin/ DC Thomson)
David McNulty had a near miss after a car crashed into his broken down van (Chris Austin/ DC Thomson)

“As the car flew past my head I could see the underside of the car, I could see the exhaust,” he said.

“It was just a matter of feet away, I really had a lucky escape.”

David, who works for Alloa based independent brewery Williams Brothers, was on the Clackmannashire Bridge when the horror smash happened.

He had been forced to pullover and call the AA after a rear tyre on his fully loaded van blew out.

David, originally from Australia, found a traffic cone from a previous accident and placed it on the road to warn other drivers of the hazard.

He then attempted to change the tyre himself, but his jack couldn’t cope with the weight of the fully laden van.

“The next thing there were two motoring along towards me, side by side, at I guess 50-60 mph,” he said.

“As they got closer I began thinking, ‘Jeez guys, you’re leaving this a little late to slow down’.

“Before I knew it one of the cars collided with the back of the van forcing it up into the air.

“I had to start running because the force of the impact had shunted my vehicle towards me.

“As I ran to safety the car flew past me, just feet away, above my eye level.

“It was like The Matrix movie, almost in slow motion.

“Next it hit the ground on its side and flipped over before coming to halt.”

David, who lives in the west end of Glasgow, immediately went to the aid of the driver.

“His airbag had gone off and I could see he was pretty banged up,” he said.

“I asked if he was in any serious pain, and he seemed to be okay.

“But then I noticed there was petrol leaking from the car and was worried a fire might start.

“Thankfully by the point other drivers had stopped and come to help.

“It was a pretty scary experience and looking back I can see how lucky I was. If I’d stayed in the van, or the car had been forced just a few feet in the other direction, it could have been a lot worse.”

The incident resulted in the bridge being closed while Police Scotland carried out an investigation, which is still on-going.

“The bottles in the van were a write-off,” he added. “But at least the kegs survived.”


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