Considering he just cheated Death by Massive Truck, the man that’s crawling out of his concertina’d Lada seems unperturbed. After rising to his feet, he brushes off his tracksuit trousers, pads his jacket pockets and retrieves a ringing mobile phone. The trucker, who rear-ended the Riva after a woefully misjudged attempt to exit a slip road, spots that he’s answered it and leafs through a magazine.
This, I conclude, is the worst RTA I’ve ever seen. It replaces the Mitsubishi/Honda T-bone incident of about an hour ago, which replaced the Lada/lamp post interface of 10 minutes before that. I look around at the other drivers with the sort of expression that invites staggered astonishment, but nobody seems that bothered. In the car nearest to the accident, a man is merrily tapping along to some techno, and the woman in a nearby Q7 is brushing her hair.
Words: Matthew Jones
Pics: Justin Leighton
This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine