Head-on horror: Driver tells of terrifying near-miss

DEADLY WARNING: A sign indicating to motorists to turn back at the intersection where a 26-year-old woman entered the wrong side of the Cunningham Highway and was killed.
DEADLY WARNING: A sign indicating to motorists to turn back at the intersection where a 26-year-old woman entered the wrong side of the Cunningham Highway and was killed. Kieran Banks

THE driver who filmed a near head-on-collision with a car travelling on the wrong side of the highway has spoken of his family's horror as they faced the unthinkable.

As investigations into a fatal head-on-collision and near-miss continue, Flinders View resident Stephen Hamer relived the seconds he saw a white Mercedes allegedly driven by a 71-year-old man heading towards his family.

Mr Hamer was driving home on the Cunningham Highway with his wife and two daughters three hours after a 26-year-old woman was killed on the opposite side of the highway.

The accident wreckage was captured on his dashboard camera only moments before he narrowly avoided a second potentially fatal tragedy.

"I saw the accident earlier in the day and as the video started, a ute pulled out in front of me and I began to break and he began to slow down a little too much," he said.

"I pulled into the right lane then I looked up and there's a white Mercedes coming towards me. It was pretty unbelievable. It's the last thing you expect on a dual carriage way."

Mr Hamer watched the footage with his family when they arrived home and couldn't believe what had unfolded.

"I looked through the footage with my wife and kids and we couldn't believe it."

The motorist continued on to Goodna despite the best efforts of police to get his attention and force him to stop.

Mr Hamer watched the Mercedes narrowly miss a second head-on with a semi-trailer while looking through his rear-view mirror.

It was almost a case of deja vu for Mr Hamer.

INSET: A freeze frame from the dashboard video camera recording from Steven Hamer’s car.
INSET: A freeze frame from the dashboard video camera recording from Steven Hamer’s car. Dash Cam Owners Australia and S. Hamer.

He was hit by a drunk driver head-on along the Ipswich Motorway at Riverview exactly a year ago to the day on Sunday.

He suffered whiplash and said motorists need to be alert.

Police expect to interview the 71-year-old man today.

Investigations into the fatal accident are ongoing, with police turning their attention to data stored on each of the car's computers to ascertain what led to the accident.

Ipswich Police Inspector Dave Preston said it could take weeks for data to be extracted and analysed.

He said several witnesses have been interviewed by police this week.

The 59-year-old man who survived the horrific fatal head-on impact remains in a critical condition at the PA Hospital.

Insp Preston said officers witnessed the white Mercedes travelling towards oncoming traffic from the scene of the fatal accident.

He said police reacted instantly in pursuit of the rogue motorist.

"There was a lot of anxiety about what could have been," he said.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said following the fatal accident, a site inspection on Tuesday was completed, including reviewing signage.

"It complies with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices standards," the spokesperson said.

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