The dash cam footage shows the horrific moment a caravan being towed along the busy South Devon dual carriageway flips over as a dog is hurled out of the wreckage. The video shows a Toyota Land cruiser speeding down the road, with the caravan dangerously snaking back and fort until it somersaults to the side. Pieces of the mobile home can be seen flying away from the crash site as the Toyota swerving into the crash barriers and also flipping over.
Lorry driver Dan Combellack caught the accident on his dash cam and later posted it online, suggesting the caravan began “snaking” after the Toyota “bottomed out” at the end of a hilly stretch of the A380.
Mr Combellack said: “I seen the caravan overtaking me and thought was a little fast.
“At the bottom of the hill all vehicles bottom out a little that’s why started snaking. I knew what was going to happen so I started slowing down.”
As the car overtook Dan’s lorry, the caravan can be seen swinging dangerously from side to side before swerving left and causing the Toyota to also flip over.
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While the caravan stopped moving after impacting with the carriageway, the car can be seen slipping free of the mobile home and somersaulting twice before stopping after crashing into the central reservation.
A dog can be spotted being hurled out of the car and miraculously escaping the wreckage, with Devon and Cornwall Police later confirming the pet had not suffered any injury in the crash.
After sharing the video online, Mr Combellack received comments from other motorists claiming the driver of the Toyota had been going too fast to tow a caravan.
One man wrote on social media: “I’m a class one driver myself hence why I knew they were speeding. Probably over 70mph by the look. Hope everyone was ok though.”
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Following the accident, the police force tweeted safety advice to motorists urging drivers to respect speed limits with cars towing caravans or trailers.
Posting on their Twiter profile, Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Make these essential safety checks to your caravan or trailer before you set off, especially if it hasn’t been used for some time.”
The police advised drivers to check the trailer is “correctly coupled to the tow ball or pin” and to ensure the “coupling height is correct,” before setting off.
Dual carriageway across the UK have a speed limit of 70mph for cars which drops down to 60mph for cars towing caravans.
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